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Saving youths, jobs, profits and more: An analysis of the Swedish brewers' arguments for lower beer taxes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2007 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Sweden has for about ten years experienced a rather dramatic transformation of its alcohol policy. One of the most significant changes is the advent and introduction of private commercial interests in the alcohol trade. Of the five previous state monopolies for production, export, import, wholesale and retail, only the retail monopoly remains. This has in a short period of time made it possible for private business interests to actively, and as a legitimate actor, participates in the public alcohol policy discourse. At present, one of the strongest claims raised by the alcohol industry in Sweden is to lower the taxes on beer. In this paper, the conflicting interests around beer taxes are analysed with special focus on how the Swedish brewers frame this issue, that is, how they describe consequences and problems attributed to the relatively high tax levels, and what they predict will happen if lower taxes were introduced. The results are discussed in context of the general alcohol policy discourse presently taking place.

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2007. 14- p.
Keyword [en]
alcohol policy, alcohol industry, taxes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11015OAI: diva2:177534
Available from: 2008-01-09 Created: 2008-01-09Bibliographically approved

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