Tagged: Alcohol Taxation

NEWS: Growing Attention for (Alcohol) Taxation

There is a growing attention for alcohol taxation with increasing evidence showing the effectiveness of alcohol taxes to not only reduce alcohol harm but boost revenue and fund development. Across the globe countries and international bodies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are understanding the need to use taxation for domestic resource mobilization…

NEWS: Finland: Alcohol Harm Is Rising (Again)

Alcohol harm in Finland is rising again. The positive downward trend for alcohol consumption and harm since 2008 stopped in 2018. Now, it seems alcohol harm has started to increase in the country. Finland changed their alcohol control laws in April 2018 through a new Alcohol Act. This act made alcohol more available in the country…

REPORT: Exploring the Gap in the Public’s Understanding of the Links between Alcohol and Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death in the UK and carries an enormous cost burden, both financial and personal. Around one in four cancers however are lifestyle-related, and therefore ultimately preventable. This includes alcohol, but awareness of this fact among the public is low comparative to cancer links with smoking.
This is a significant public health issue.
Alcohol accounts for 11,894 cancer cases per year in the UK…

NEWS: Vietnam: Heineken Tax Scheme Exposed

A new tax scheme of Heineken is exposed in Vietnam. Singapore based Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd struck a deal with Heineken Vietnam Brewery in late 2018, which was valued at over VND4.8 trillion ($207.7 million). The tax payable for the deal was VND823 billion ($35.6 million)…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax Increase Ready for Adoption

Alcohol and tobacco tax increase in the Philippines are ready for adoption and awaiting President Duterte’s signature. Alcohol industry interference has significantly reduced the projected tax receipt from alcohol and tobacco taxation. But the new bicameral-approved final measure would bring in P22.2 billion in revenue…

NEWS: USA: Congress Extends Big Alcohol’s Tax Break

The United States Congress extends the major tax break for the alcohol industry, losing billions of dollars in government revenue and further filling the coffers of Big Alcohol shareholders and executives with growing profits.
All this money is tax revenue being lost to the government which could have been invested in health and development of people and communities across the country that are seriously affected by rampant alcohol harm. Currently, alcohol harm costs the United States $249.0 billion every year. The one year extension of the alcohol tax break has been estimated to cost the government a total $1.2 billion…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Strategy ‘Lacks Ambition’

Public health advocates in Australia say the new National Alcohol Strategy (NAS) lacks ambition.
The Public Health Association of Australia said the strategy has been too long in the making and watered down by the alcohol industry. Previously, IOGT International reported how an ABC investigation and an analysis by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), both found that the strategy had been compromised due to Big Alcohol interference in the making of it…

NEWS: WHO: New Technical Guide for Alcohol Policy

The World Health Organization has released a brand new technical document guiding alcohol policy formulation. The new technical guide comprises the five most cost-effective and high-impact strategies that help governments to prevent and reduce alcohol harm and related health, social and economic consequences…

NEWS: Norway-Sweden: Gap In Alcohol Prices Grows

According to new data, the gap in alcohol prices between Norway and Sweden is growing.
The Swedish alcohol retail monopoly – Systembolaget – has announced they will be cutting the price of the cheapest beer to NOK 6.90 from 2020.
The reduction of beer prices will further widen the gap of alcohol prices between neighboring Norway and Sweden. Norway has been adjusting their alcohol tax upwards with the general price trend in the country, while Swedish taxes have remained almost at a stand still according to Swedish Tax Agency figures. Already the price gap for alcohol between the two countries is large…

REPORT: Prioritising Action On Alcohol For Health And Development

Despite the existence of cost effective interventions to reduce alcohol harm, many countries are not giving it the attention it deserves, say Dag Rekve and colleagues…