The Real Cost of Alcohol Industry Incentives

The global alcohol industry enjoys billions of dollars in tax breaks, marketing subsidies, and other “perverse incentives” that belie the intense harms alcohol causes—including its link to 1 death every 10 seconds worldwide, according to a new Vital Strategies report.  
 
The industry cozies up to governments, infiltrating policies intended to actually reduce alcohol consumption, often packaging their influence as economic development.
 
Recommendations: Countries can fight back by learning lessons from tobacco control efforts, including demanding transparency between officials and the industry. And crucially, track the health cost of alcohol industry incentives purporting to spur economic development and job creation.
 
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