Governments looking for ways to raise revenue rarely hesitate to increase "sin taxes", with alcohol and tobacco at the top of the list. But the way Thailand taxes alcoholic drinks needs to be reformed, say researchers.
Higher excise taxes on liquor would be a start, and the funds could be used to improve health-care services and education facilities, they say.
The overdue revision of the alcohol tax system would increase the prices of whisky and white spirits, reducing overall health problems, especially among the poor, researchers found.
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