“The uncontrolled production, sale and cheapness of low-alcohol beverages have led to a spike in the number of alcohol abuse among young people,” said the chairman of the “Samopomich” faction, Oleh Bereziuk.
“Young people, often teenagers, and even children are not aware of the terrible consequences that these seemingly harmless drinks may cause.
The problem is that their parents don’t know about them either. After all, these products are sweet and affordable. And don’t seem to contain alcohol.
“Samopomich” is constantly trying and will go on trying to draw attention of the society to the harm of these drinks which are intoxicating and destroying young organisms. That would be much easier to do when the alcoholic beverages will no longer be so affordable for everybody.
“As a doctor by profession, I am absolutely competent to confirm that the so-called alcopop is extremely dangerous especially for young people.
That is why “Samopomich” insisted on an increase in excise duties on low-alcohol beverages up to 300%. I would like to remind that this is exactly what European countries did once thus expressing their concern about the health of their children. It was when these drinks occupied Ukrainian market among other counties.”
“Samopomich” MPs believe that the increase in excise taxes is an effective way to limit the consumption of such drinks.