|Alcohol from the Shadows|
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The Scale of Illicit Alcohol is Higher Than Originally Estimated’
“This report shows that in many developing countries, much of the alcohol consumed is illicit. This is bad for health, bad for governments and bad for business,” said Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes, who is also chair of IARD’s CEO Group. “It is critical that governments create an environment where legal businesses can thrive and avoid punitive regulation that creates unintended consequences, including driving consumers to unregulated channels that endanger public health.” The report highlighted recent news that almost 150 Indonesian people died from alcohol poisoning in early 2018 caused by drinking bootleg spirit containing mosquito repellent. Across 18 countries assessed in the report, illicit alcohol represents a combined US$1.8 billion fiscal loss. IARD CEO, said “Tackling harmful use of alcohol requires a collaborative and united response from public, private and not-for-profit sectors. But these partnerships can only thrive when there is a broad and regulated private sector able to play its role in improving health and tackling harmful drinking.”
Alcohol in the Shadow Economy outlines several successful partnerships to combat the black market, including a code for shebeens, which are informal outlets selling alcohol, predominantly in South Africa. The development of affordable and safe alternative beers in Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa; and a police initiative to engage with local villagers in India for the purpose of targeting racketeers.