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Increase taxes on alcohol and sugary drinks, WHO urges

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 06 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2897
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The World Health Organization has urged countries to apply more taxes on alcohol and sugary sweetened beverages, as latest data show that most countries are not using taxes to incentivise healthier behaviours.1

In its global reports on alcohol and sugary drink taxes published on 5 December,23 WHO highlighted that 2.6 million people worldwide die from drinking alcohol every year and more than eight million die from an unhealthy diet. It said that more taxes on alcohol and sugary drinks would reduce these deaths.

Rüdiger Krech, WHO director of health promotion, said, “Taxing unhealthy products creates healthier populations. …

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