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Balance Update: Raise Alcohol Tax to Boost Economic Output

Posted 15/05/15

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Alcohol use 'heavily concentrated'
The heaviest drinking 20% of the population of England drinks nearly two-thirds (63%) of the country's intake of alcohol, according to a report.  Click here to read more...

Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use
Alcoholic beverages, and their harmful use, have been familiar fixtures in human societies since the beginning of recorded history. Worldwide, alcohol is a leading cause of ill health and premature mortality. It accounts for 1 in 17 deaths, and for a significant proportion of disabilities, especially in men.  Click here to read more...

Holyrood's minimum alcohol price plan to be considered by EU court
Plans for a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland will be considered by the highest court in matters of European Union law on Wednesday.  Click here to read more...

Four in five drinkers would live longer if they had one less drink a week
A major OECD study says women who went to university drink more, and the average drinker would live longer if they turned down just one drink a week.  Click here to read more...
 
Raise Alcohol Tax to Boost Economic Output, Says OECD
Increasing prices by 10% is among the most effective means of countering excessive consumption.  Click here to read more...

Bill on minimum pricing of alcohol due before Dáil recess
Legislation aimed at reducing Ireland’s significant problem with alcohol will be published before the Dáil summer recess and introduced in the Oireachtas in the autumn, the Minister for Health has confirmed.   Click here to read more...

Do women who drink before realising they're pregnant harm their babies? Exposure during first six weeks 'can cause permanent damage'
Drinking during the first weeks of pregnancy can cause permanent damage to an unborn baby, experts today warned.  Click here to read more...

Alcohol kills more people worldwide than HIV, AIDS, violence and tuberculosis combined:
It turns out that this is actually the average alcohol consumption per person in many wealthy countries, according to a recent report. With the equivalent of a little more than 85 wine bottles per year, Americans consumed less than citizens of many other surveyed countries in 2012.  Click here to read more...

Drink-drive limit should be lower for young people
Around half of adults think drink-drive limits should be lower for young and novice motorists, according to a survey.  Click here to read more...

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