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  • Life - Health & Wellness
  • Updated: December 06, 2023

WHO reveals leading cause of death globally

WHO reveals leading cause of death globally

The World Health Organisation has disclosed that alcohol and sugary beverages are responsible for 10.6 million deaths annually and called for increased taxes on them to reduce indulgence.

According to a press statement on Tuesday, WHO noted that globally, 2.6 million people die from drinking alcohol every year and over eight million from an unhealthy diet, and emphasised that implementing taxes on alcohol and SSBs will reduce such deaths.

Data released by WHO on Tuesday also disclosed that low global rates of taxes are applied to unhealthy products such as alcohol 

The findings highlighted that the majority of countries are not using taxes to incentivise healthier behaviours.

“Half of all countries taxing SSBs are also taxing water, which is not recommended by WHO. Although 108 countries are taxing some sort of sugar-sweetened beverage, globally, on average excise tax, a tax designated for a specified consumer product, represents just 6.6 per cent of the price of soda.

“At least 148 countries have applied excise taxes to alcoholic beverages at the national level. However, wine is exempted from excise taxes in at least 22 countries, most of which are in the European Region.

“Globally, on average, the excise tax share in the price of the most sold brand of beer is 17.2 per cent. For the most sold brand of the most sold spirits type, it is 26.5 per cent,” it said.

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