In a media statement released Wednesday (16) the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) stated that the proposal to allow the sale and distribution of alcohol online is a violation of the country’s law.
The ADIC says “excise as government income is an out of date economic system, and the amount of money obtained from excise cannot be regarded government income simply by calculating the amount of money received from excise.”
A study conducted by the World Health Organization of Sri Lanka (WHO), the National Authority of Alcohol and Tobacco (NATA) and the Ministry of Health explains that the amount received from alcohol in the year 2015 was Rs 105,234.00 million in the middle of that year, while the health and economic loss the government suffered due to the use of Yasara is Rs. 133,769.00 million.
The ADIC pointed out that considering only excise revenue was a very narrow vision in terms of economic development, rather, calculating the loss due to alcohol consumption was more effective.