WHO recommends Europe double tax on alcoholic beverages

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends doubling alcohol taxes in Europe as a solution to reduce about 5,000 deaths from cancer each year in this continent.

Wines from France are displayed at an exhibition in New York, USA. Documentary photo: AFP/VNA

The WHO’s European office states that raising taxes on alcoholic beverages is one of the best and most effective solutions to prevent cancer. If this policy is implemented, according to WHO, Russia and the UK will be the two countries that will benefit the most.

According to WHO, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is the cause of cancers related to the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, colorectal, liver, larynx and breast cancer in women.

The WHO European Office estimates that each year in this region there are 180,000 more cancer patients, of which 85,000 cancer deaths each year are related to alcohol. According to the agency, the tax rate on alcoholic beverages in most of Europe is low, especially in the 27 member states of the European Union (EU).

Earlier, the British medical journal Lancet published research showing that Russia and Germany are the two European countries that can save the most people from the “scythe of death” with this tax measure. WHO in Europe also stated that doubling the tax on alcohol and beer products is especially effective in preventing the number of deaths from breast cancer (1,000 cases/year) and colon cancer (1,700 cases/year) ).

According to WHO in Europe, in 2020 the continent will have a total of 4.8 million people diagnosed with cancer.