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Alcohol Review – issue 94, August 3rd 2023
Alcohol understanding for all
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This week: Brits now enjoy big savings from alcohol reduction; UK to end to-go alcohol from bars; Alcohol boosts blood pressure; A third of Irish farmers drink harmfully; Ad tracking aid shows promise
Brits now enjoy big savings from alcohol reduction: UK wine suppliers and their costumers now pay 21p less in tax for every percentage point they cut from any 75cl bottle of wine purchased. This means tax on a 75cl bottle of 9% wine is now £1.92 ($2.44), a 14% fall of 31p from the flat fee of £2.23 charged before August 1st. The old system meant that wines of 14% were charged 40% less per ml of alcohol than wines of 9%, despite posing less risk to consumers’ health. Public health advocates welcomed the new tax structure, as well as taxes rising to match inflation. The wine industry complained that it will lose money under the news system because its current offerings have not adapted to the new tax system. Others say there are no good low alcohol wines. Alcohol Review suggests that some businesses will succeed in profiting where others fail.
UK to end to-go alcohol from bars: The UK will wind up a scheme to allow pubs to sell to-go alcohol on 30 September, the Home Office has said. It stands in marked contrast to the widespread extension of state level bar off-sales mandates in the US, where alcohol deaths were still up 31% on pre-pandemic levels last year.
Alcohol boosts blood pressure: As little as one alcoholic drink a day increased systolic blood pressure, according to a new study. The study found no beneficial effects in adults who drank a low level of alcohol compared to those who did not drink alcohol.
A third of Irish farmers drink harmfully: One in three farmers in Ireland drink alcohol at harmful levels, according to a new study, and one in 20 takes drugs, with most of them doing so to a risky degree. But 28% do not drink alcohol.
Ad tracking aid: An artificial intelligence called Zero-Shot Learning has shown promise in recognising alcohol exposures in media, a laborious task normally done by people.
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