He pointed out that about 50,000 people die each year due to excessive alcohol consumption, resulting in economic and social losses of more than 2.5 billion US dollars (80.7 billion baht).
“A study on social issues also indicated that about 4 million Thais were affected by alcohol consumption, such as drunk driving and quarrels between family members and co-workers,” he said. he declares.
Supreeda said the number of alcohol consumers in Thailand has gradually declined over the past ten years.
“Alcohol taxation and the implementation of taxes for health development will also help raise the welfare level of Thai society,” he added.
Movendi International President Kristina Sperkova said alcoholic beverages have had an impact on household life, health and society.
“A 2010 World Health Organization report advised member countries that implementing alcohol taxation will help alleviate problems caused by alcohol consumption, but many countries do not ‘have not adopted to boost their economies, their health and their societies,” she said.
She added that a 2019 study also indicated that alcohol taxation could enable countries to achieve up to ten targets under the SDGs.
Meanwhile, the World Bank’s senior health specialist, Dr Sheila Dutta, said alcohol taxation would help improve the universal health care coverage system and promote the development of healthy communities.
“Furthermore, it helps countries secure the resources needed for development in the post-Covid-19 era,” she added.