Alcohol taxation is a powerful measure to help finance NCD prevention and control. That’s the case I made at a high-level WHO event…

The last two days, I have had the honor and pleasure to represent IOGT International and CEM at the Stakeholder Forum convened by the World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs, which was a part of the First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Program Managers and Directors.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, we in CEM are actively advocating towards our government for alcohol taxation measures. And in IOGT International, we have put together a report with our colleagues at East African Alcohol Policy Alliance (EAAPA) about the potential of alcohol taxation for financing of sustainable development.

Therefore it was a great opportunity for us to be invited by WHO and to present our experiences and findings to national NCDs Directors.


For the Interactive Stakeholder Networking Dinner, I participated in Station 6, together with an impressive line-up of honorable experts from the World Economic Forum, the African Union Commission, WHO and the US Mission to UNOG.

In my 7 minute presentation, I introduced world class evidence from Alcohol No Ordinary Commodity, about the cost-effectiveness and high-impact of alcohol taxation on reducing alcohol consumption and thus preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm.

Screenshot 2016-02-17 17.17.39

I also showed quotes from key publications that make it clear: OECD, World Economic Forum, WHO, World Bank and leading academic institutions such as Harvard School for Public Health all agree on the fact that alcohol taxation is a crucial toll for controlling the NCD epidemic.

You can find the quotes in our report.

Finally my key messages was: Alcohol taxation is a win-win measure and holds massive (largely untapped) potential.

  • It helps to bring down alcohol harm and the NCD burden.
  • It helps to increase government revenue and thus funding for health promotion.

Screenshot 2016-02-17 17.24.25

In our report, we show a couple of country examples and their alcohol taxation levels. Only very few (e.g. Kenya) are at that level of taxation as depicted above. That’s where the massive potential is hidden. I hope that the national NCD processes will excavate the alcohol taxation measure.

Find the presentation and taxation report:

01 Cover_Images_s

Alcohol Taxation – A win-win measure for financing development

IOGT International and EAAPA




Screenshot 2016-02-17 17.52.52

Overview of evidence: Alcohol taxation in the context of financing development

Adis Arnautovic, presentation at WHO Stakeholder Forum convened by the World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs