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"Slash booze tax ? in Skåne"

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post 14.Sep.2005, 01:09 PM
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"Slash booze tax ? in Skåne"

A leading think tank on crime prevention has proposed that alcohol tax should be reduced ? but only in Skåne.

Reduced national alcohol tax is one of the proposals that fell by the wayside in government budget negotiations, but now a crime think-tank has said that people living in the southern region of Skåne should get their booze cheaper.

Eric Grevholm, head of research and development for the crime prevention bureau Brå, said in an opinion piece that he favors a reduction immediately in the region, which includes Malmö, citing a great increase in smuggling there.

Skåne?s proximity to Denmark ? Malmö is only a twenty-minute train ride from Copenhagen ? has made it easier for its inhabitants to take advantage of Denmark?s lower alcohol prices.

Grevholm says smuggling leads to reduced sales by Systembolaget, the government monopoly alcohol retailer. This is particularly true in Skåne, where sales fell sixteen percent after Denmark slashed its alcohol tax. Grevholm says a 40-percent tax cut would solve a few problems.

?Increased alcohol consumption can lead to more violence in the form of abuse. But the relationship between consumption and violence is complicated?trying to increase sales by Systembolaget isn?t about consuming alcohol, but about trying to reduce crimes like illegal reselling of alcohol,? he writes.

Grevholm suggests a limited time and a limited area for the tax cut, while also suggesting raising the age limit for buying alcohol in stores as well as at restaurants.

The Social Democrats had proposed a 40-percent alcohol tax cut nationwide - but the Greens and the Lefts were firmly opposed. The budget presented by Göran Persson on Tuesday contained no reductions in alcohol tax; tax was in fact increased on so-called alcopops.
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Yendor
post 14.Sep.2005, 11:53 PM
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You have got to be kidding! Eric Grevholm is the head of a Swedish "think tank". What the hell is he thinking about? Before they sat down and thought this one out Eric Grevholm and his think tank gang must have swung-by the Systembolaget and picked up a case of Absolute Vodka and polished it off first!! Where is this "think tank" located, because a sign company needs to get there first thing in the morning and take down the "Brå think tank sign" and replace it with a sign that says HOSPITAL FOR THE MENTALLY INSANE!
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Yendor
post 15.Sep.2005, 12:22 AM
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And i hope that Eric Grevholm and his "think tank gang, Brå" is not supported by my tax money! OK, lets say that they do reduce the price of alcohol just in the Skåne region. Then what will happen is that people living near the Skåne region will just drive down to Skåne and buy their alcohol at the Systembolagets there! DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT Mr. Grevholm?
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tigger
post 15.Sep.2005, 01:40 AM
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agree totally with previous posts, what a crazy idea. Often in Sweden there is alot of 'thinking aloud' that would embarrass us outsiders. Maybe Eric Grevholm was 'thinking aloud' with the hope of getting some better suggestions. Here's mine Eric, hope your listening:

Cut the alcohol tax to the point of true 'break-even' (I think the Systembolaget is meant to be non profit making anyway?) if its low enough you'll shut down the bootleggers, privateers, etc, and have Danes, Finns, and Norwegians flocking to Sweden to buy their booze!
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*Ooh the Sloth*
post 15.Sep.2005, 07:42 AM
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Rodney hit the nail on the head. Suddenly the SBs north of Skone will perform very poorly. This is not a think tank. This is a stupidity barrel.

People don't mind paying a fair price for hard alcohol. But when the price is not fair people get resentful and will drive four hours if necessary to buy a six months supply of alcohol for all their friends and neighbors. And yes... then they will drink even more.

History shows when you put artificial controls on substances it tends to eroticize them and make them seem sexy. I suggest the think tank take a psychology course before they hurt themselves and Sweden with any more of their so called thoughts.
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