Latest developments Alcohol


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ONGOING: In January 2019, reportedly, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his backing to a new piece of legislation that proposes new taxes on Alcohol and Tobacco, with alcohol taxation to be set at P40 per liter. As of January 2019, the legislation is still awaiting procedural consent.

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ONGOING: On 4th October 2018 the government announced plans to introduce an increase in tax on alcohol by an average 2.5 percent from 2019.

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ONGOING: A new excise duty for alcoholic beverages and tobacco took effect on 4th June 2018. The Minister of Finance said that the new excise duties will be ‘spread’ from 2018 to 2020 to moderate the impact of the price increases. He is also seeking to introduce VAT rises on certain select products, with carbonated drinks being highlighted as a potential option.

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ONGOING: In October 2018, it was reported that the Government believes that it will collect up to $2.5m a year from a 2% tax imposed on drinks, including beer, spirits and local liquor. Following regulatory updates it is reported these funds will be channeled into a new HIV and AIDS trust fund.

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ADOPTED: Alcohol prohibitions have been in force in Nagaland since 1989 (including liquor advertisements in newspapers), Kerala since 2015, Mathura since 2018, and Gujarat. In April 2016, the Indian Supreme Court passed an order prohibiting the sale of alcohol along national and state highways.

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ONGOING: The UK Home Office launched a 3-month long call for evidence concerning new proposals to modify airport licensing laws, to reduce problems with drunk passengers. These potential new plans could bring an end to all-day drinking at airports, with vendors unable to sell alcohol before 10:00am.

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In December 2018, Health Canada said it would consult on measures to cut down the amount of alcohol in some sugary premixed drinks, proposing to lower the limit on alcohol content to the equivalent of one and a half alcoholic beverages. The Government is soliciting feedback until Feb 2019.

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ADOPTED: The advertising of alcoholic beverages is regulated by Law 24.788. This law has been modified by Decree 688/09, which rules ads must not feature anyone below the age of 23 or beer must not be associated as part of a healthy lifestyle or with sexual success.

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ADOPTED: The Statutory Law 9.294/1996 and CONAR regulates, in the 2008 Brazilian Advertisement Self-Regulation Code, advertisement and marketing of Alcoholic Beverages. The regulation states that the labelling of alcoholic beverages should contain terms such as ‘Avoid excessive alcohol consumption’.