Some easily propagandised fool called John Naish in The Times, falling for the seduction of the righteous one-sided equation.
The booze industry should be forced to pay a levy proportional to the rate of drink-related disease its products cause each year. It’s some bar tab: alcohol misuse costs the NHS about £2.7 billion annually. The Cabinet Office estimates the wider cost to Britain at £25 billion.
They are already forced to pay, you sanctimonious turd.
Their business is heavily burdened over and above the level of almost all others in our society with crippling sin taxes, far outweighing any of the cost to the NHS. The Cabinet Office cost is also certain not to include the benefits of the industry to the country such as Corporation Tax, Income Tax of its employees, employers' and employees' NI contributions, and the net gain to the country's balance of payments.
The industry must be manacled to the problem. The more alcohol-related illness it helps to create, the bigger the levy it must pay, and the more interested it will become in preventing misuse.
Or, to put it another way, the more interested it will become in relocating to a country which is willing to welcome the huge contribution their businesses provide to the economy.