Sugar Taxes Make You Drink More Beer

January 24, 2018 Taxation in UK

sugar taxesLONDON – Taxes will reduce soda consumption, but it may only be replaced an even more harmful amount of lager.

New research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health has suggested that a tax on sugary sweetened drinks may lead to a higher consumption of beer.

By analysing historic sales data of beverages in the UK, researchers were able to determine that a relationship exists between the cost of sugar-sweetened drinks and substitute purchases of other alcoholic drinks.

The researchers found an indication that a tax on sodas and other sweetened drinks would lead to a higher level of consumption of larger.

However, while the consumption of larger would rise, the consumption of cider, spirits, and some wines would drop.

The exact nature of how spending patterns change varied between the socio-economic position of the purchaser and the levels of sweetening found in drinks.

Researchers suggested that any moves to enact a sugar tax should be throughout carefully, taking into account the flow-on effects of the tax, beyond the immediate impact on the sale of the goods directly targeted by a new tax.

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