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Alcopops come to mind. Back in the days of 2004 (I'm starting to feel old) a special tax (+1 per bottle) was introduced to reduce the consumption of a product that is clearly targeted at teenagers. Sugar + carbonic acid accelerate the uptake of alcohol and make the beverage tastier to people who usually don't partake. It was seen as a sort of 'gateway' to alcohol abuse. Results are mixed. Consumption alongside tax revenue has sharply declined. No one knows whether it's really because of the tax. Overall alcohol consumption among youths has not declined.

The general problem of addiction isn't solved by that. But I'd say special tax on sugary drinks that's also alcoholic (= Pigout tax), why not?

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 08:42:35 AM EST
Of course I'm wrong: alcohol consumption in Germany among teenagers has declined markedly. But it is a result of culture and education. Whether the tax itself helped or the debate around the tax...?

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 08:45:52 AM EST
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Surprisingly, according to these figures, Germany's alcohol consumption has been rising and is now one of the highest in the world, having overtaken that of Ireland.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 05:37:12 PM EST
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Most traditional alcoholic drinks - beer, wine, spirits- (and smoking!) are an acquired taste and not initially pleasant to drink for kids growing up. If they persevere with acquiring the taste it is often because it is perceived as a badge of adulthood to be seen to do so. Alcopops were a wheeze to get around that, tasting much like fizzy drinks with a kick. They were designed to increase the uptake of alcohol amongst people who otherwise wouldn't drink.

I have no problem with banning or taxing the hell out of them. They seem to have gone out of fashion perhaps because of an association with under age alcohol abuse - which reversed the psychology of drinking being a manly or adult thing to do. Mind you I would tax sugary drinks full stop!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 11:43:23 AM EST
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An interesting experiment
New Zealand will ban the sale of tobacco to its next generation, in a bid to eventually phase out smoking.

Anyone born after 2008 will not be able to buy cigarettes or tobacco products in their lifetime, under a law expected to be enacted next year.

"We want to make sure young people never start smoking," Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verall said.

But I imagine the legislation will not outlive the current government... (long may it reign)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 04:52:18 PM EST
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