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Soon, higher taxes to curb binge drinking in India

Freitag 28. Mai 2010 von htm

NEW DELHI: India will soon crack the whip on binge drinking through higher taxes and tighter marketing regulations against alcoholic products.
For the first time, delegations from all 193 member states of the World Health Organization reached consensus at the World Health Assembly on a resolution to confront the abuse of alcohol. Target areas were identified for policy options, including community action, pricing policies and reducing the public health impact of illicit alcohol and informally produced alcohol.
WHO says that every year, the abuse of alcohol kills 2.5 million people, including 3.2 lakh young people between 15 and 29 years of age. It is the eighth leading risk factor for deaths globally. WHO estimates there are two billion alcohol consumers worldwide.
India has a lot to worry about as far as alcohol consumption is concerned. The average age of alcohol consumption in the country has fallen by nearly nine years over the past decade. At present, on an average, Indians take their first sip of alcohol at the age of 19 compared to 28 in the 1990s. Studies now say that in another 5-7 years, a majority of Indians will start consuming alcohol at the age of 15.
Nearly 62.5 million people in India at present drink alcohol with the per capita consumption being around four litres per adult per year. For every six men, one woman drinks alcohol in India. Over 40% of road crashes occur in India during the night, with one-third of them being due to drunk driving. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 5/27/10) timesofindia, 5/23/10

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