Just another bottle.
News concerning alcohol taxes in Sweden. The common practice in Sweden is to tax wines more than beers. This move as the European Union believes, is to provide protection of beers over imported wines.
Adjustments have been made since the ruling so that all alcohols are taxed at the same rate.
Here's the news link for further reading.
This brought home a point that taxes on alcohol did not seem to have too much impact on its consumption! Try buying a bottle of beer in Singapore or London and you'll find how expensive it is. This is due to the high prices on all liquours in Singapore. Apparently, this is a measure to discourage alcohol consumption which is similar to the taxes on cigarettes.
I know the intention of leveraging taxes on these undesirable goods that some of us can't do without. But alcohol consumption as I observed did not decrease at any rate.
Just pop into any pubs or clubs in any city and you'll see the young and old drinking like there's no tomorrow. Some pubs try to win their customers with tactics like "Happy Hours" or discounted liquours for the week. That encourages drinking as early as 11am!
I personally have passed through the phase of drinking like a fish. And the prices did not hinder much for me. If I can't afford Moet et Chandon, bring on the alcoholic sodas!
However, take a look at France where children are encouraged to drink wine at a young age. I do not see alcoholism as such a huge problem (I do not live there. This is based on observations on my travels.)! I do not see drunks on the streets on friday nights or my mates indulging in binge drinking everyday unlike that in London.
Alcoholism is such a huge problem in any country. Personally, I think taxes is not the solution. What is your stand?
Another problem of alcoholism: Drunk Driving. Check this article out.