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US-Lawmaker: Allow alcohol for troops under 21

Sonntag 6. März 2011 von htm

A Georgia lawmaker is mounting a new push to allow 18-year-old troops to drink alcohol on military bases. But Defense Secretary Robert Gates is skeptical. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., put Gates on the spot during a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill, asking about the logic of prohibiting 18 year olds from drinking. …
Gates, whose familiarity with underage drinking issues reaches back to his time as the president of Texas A&M University, was not enthusiastic. “One of the things that we are seeing as a result of repeated tours is not just an increase in suicides, but an increase in risky behavior, particularly by young men … so that would be a concern of mine,” Gates said. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/05/11) armytimes.com, 03/04/11

Kategorie: Allgemein, Availability, consumption, Global, Legal Drinking Age, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Have a drink and share the sacrifice

Donnerstag 10. Dezember 2009 von htm

Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) and several of his colleagues want wealthier Americans to “share the sacrifice” and contribute higher taxes to support the expansion of America’s war effort in Afghanistan.
There’s another way, a better way, for Congress to engage the American people in funding the war — and, as a bonus, reducing healthcare costs. What patriot would oppose higher taxes on alcoholic beverages and a new tax on sugary beverages to support our troops? We could even test the patriotism of the large foreign corporations that sell almost all of the beer and much of the liquor and wine consumed in this country, because the alcohol surtax would be imposed on them. They could then choose whether to pass the tax on to their hard-working American customers. By George A. Hacker – 12/08/09 07:36 PM ET THE HILL, WASHINGTON Online-comment: Good idea! It is a fact that higher prices reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol related harm which costs our society many billions a year. The same would be the effect with higher prices on sugary beverages which are to blame for part of obesity. It is difficult to rise prices by taxation. But as a little sacrifice to help in funding the war it could work. And everybody would have a personal profit in lower health costs as we all are passive drinkers.

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Global, Health, Letters and comments to editors, Politics, Prevention | Keine Kommentare »

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