Nope, not joking. I think as a society we underestimate the social/medical costs of alcohol, and the tax on alcohol probably doesn't cover it. (I have no reason to doubt it's different in other countries.) New (French) study: https://www.theguardian.com/society...leads-to-serious-risk-of-dementia-study-warns That is a lot of dementia alcohol is responsible for. Without going into detail, I've seen the long term effects of alcohol on a relative and am really just coming to terms with the damage it can do. I'm not sure most people realise until they're hit with first hand experience. So I'm definitely for making sure tax on alcohol covers social/medical costs and the money is ring-fenced for that - in this country and in any other.