The SNP Government has pressed the case for gaining control of alcohol tax revenue in the last of six demands sent to Westminster. A paper set out more details of the proposal, arguing that because Scotland already meets the costs associated with alcohol consumption, it should also receive control of the revenue benefit. The Scottish [...]
LARGE retailers selling cigarettes and alcohol will be hit with a new “public health levy” as part of the SNP’s budget plan. The tax, to be imposed through a business rates supplement, was announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney in a statement to the Scottish Parliament today. It follows an earlier failed attempt to set [...]
The price of alcohol is “obscenely low” and heavy drinkers are being subsidised by ordinary shoppers in supermarkets, according to medical experts. Speaking at the British Science Festival in Bradford on Tuesday, they called for more government action on the rising consumption of alcohol and its negative health consequences. “A gram of cocaine in Yorkshire [...]
For what seems the first time, this analysis combined results from relevant studies to test whether low tax/price levels on alcohol result in poorer health and higher death rates. It found the expected relationships, but based on only the partial accounting of the harms and benefits of drinking found in most studies.
High on the UK pre-election policy agenda, alcohol tax rises have now been reviewed and accepted by a national US panel of experts as a major public health measure to curb excessive alcohol use and related harms.