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Taxing Alcohol In Africa: Reflections And Updates

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Governments arguably exist in part to cope with such weaknesses of their citizens as those arising from infirmity, ignorance, and irrationality. At the same time, however, governments themselves partly subsist on the strength of such other popular ‘weaknesses’ as smoking, drinking, gambling, and polluting. In many countries, alcoholic beverages have long played a critical role on both sides of this equation. Over-indulgence in drink is a factor in crime, injury, and illness. In recent decades, although the level of alcohol consumption worldwide has been relatively stable, in some developing countries, including a number in Africa, such consumption has increased (WHO 2004). At the same time in many of the same countries alcohol has also proved to be a lucrative source of public financing.

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Paper provided by International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University in its series International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU with number paper1031.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ays:ispwps:paper1031

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