Leave the bar and set that glass down.
The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) issued recommendations calling for higher rates of taxation, as well as pricing regulations, to keep liquor out of reach.
This is because it is worried about the levels of alcohol consumption around the world.
The WHO’s Plans
The W.H.O. announced the measures as it got ready for a meeting on how to limit access to alcohol via regulation, restriction, and supervision, as well as how to address the problem of alcohol use in Europe.
The W.H.O. European Region claimed “alcohol price regulations and taxation are some of the most successful and cost-efficient methods to limit alcohol consumption and harms.”
The U.N. body continues to frequently discuss restrictions on the supply of alcohol.
Despite the obvious health hazards, a recent WHO research highlighted the growing use of sophisticated internet marketing strategies for alcohol that targets young people.
To preserve and improve young lives around the world, the organization demands alcohol marketing regulations be more consistently and effectively implemented.
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The W.H.O. based its most recent campaign for greater limits on the need to discourage drinkers who’ve seen the price of their preferred beverage remain (relatively) low, while the price of other goods has increased as a result of inflation.
It claims the following:
“Due to the fact the vast majority of European nations do not alter their alcohol pricing for inflation, alcohol has gotten more affordable throughout the region over the previous several decades.”
“The imposition of a price cap below which alcoholic drinks cannot be sold by law is one step that could stop this trend.”
“No Place for Cheap Liquor” is the title of the W.H.O. report.
It mentions the potential usefulness of minimum pricing for safeguarding lives. The report also outlines its support for the outright ban of specific types and categories, citing alcohol’s role in over a million annual fatalities in Europe.
According to the report, alcohol intake accounts for roughly 12% of male deaths and 8% of female deaths in the European region.
It’s Tried and Tested
In places under extreme lockdown, Australia has now turned to monitoring alcohol consumption and, in certain cases, seizing illicit drinks.
The statement continues, “Alcohol use problems are merely the tip of the iceberg. Freedom of choice to consume alcohol raises further issues.”
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“Alcohol use raises death rates in a wide range of situations and causes malignancies, accidents, and disorders of the heart and digestive system.”
The research describes how minimum unit pricing, which is related to the alcohol concentration of a drink, has an impact on the price of low-cost, high-strength alcohol.
The World Health Organization’s first “global strategy to limit the harmful use of alcohol” was published in January.
The action taken on Tuesday is a continuation of that initiative to wean the world away from the allure of drinking through tighter governmental control.