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WHO proposes to raise alcohol tax

WHO proposes to raise alcohol tax

Geneva, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed to increase taxes on alcoholic beverages to save thousands of lives annually in Europe.
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According to a research, introducing a 15% increase in retail alcohol price per unit, regardless of liquor, would save 133,000 lives per year.

“Alcohol taxes are one of the most cost-effective policies to reduce consumption levels and attributable harm,” experts stressed.

This new tax should be regarded as a sanitary measure, and not a purely economic instrument, specialists pointed out.

Across Europe, alcohol consumption has caused nearly one million deaths per year due to a wide range of causes including cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other non-communicable diseases.

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