Tax 'won't stop drinking'

Tax 'won't stop drinking'

Young people are drinking more alcohol, but there are better ways to deal with the problem than reintroducing an alcohol tax

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Schools should educate students about alcohol, rather than turn a blind eye.
Schools should educate students about alcohol, rather than turn a blind eye.

Students don't believe that reintroducing an alcohol tax would help combat the increasing number of young people binge drinking.

Health officials said last week that they would look into controlling alcohol advertisements and increasing the price of alcohol by taxation. This came after a study found that alcohol consumption among young people is on the rise.

Almost 10 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 now engage in binge drinking. The ratio of children under 18 admitted to hospital for alcohol-related conditions increased from two in every 100,000 in 2009, to 3.3 in 2012.

Sonali Gidwani, 17, believes raising alcohol prices through taxation might discourage drinking. But she doesn't believe it will change attitudes to alcohol among young people.

"The heart of the problem is the culture, and the attitude that students have to drinking," she says.

She thinks schools should give the issue more attention, instead of turning a blind eye. Others suggest that shops that sell alcohol should take more responsibility, by demanding to see ID cards before making a sale.

"Bars stop underaged people from coming in, but they can still get alcohol on almost every corner," says Caitlyn Blatt, who goes to Renaissance College.

Giselle Chan, a City University student, thinks raising the age limit for buying alcohol might be a good idea.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Tax 'won't stop drinking'

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