India: Alcohol Use and Tax Revenue During COVID-19

In the beginning of COVID-19 lockdown India implemented an alcohol sales ban. As lockdown measures started to relax from May 4th, India also lifted the ban on alcohol sales. One of the major reasons cited by state governments to lift the ban was tax revenue from alcohol. This situation has brought into sharp focus that Indian states are not implementing alcohol taxation as a public health measure – an approach that is flawed…