The addiction plan, a victory for alcohol lobbies?
The national plan against addictions was adopted on the sly. But there is no measure against alcohol.
The specialists had been waiting for him for almost a year. The national plan against addictions, whose official presentation has been postponed several times, was finally adopted by the government in December and sent to the regional prefects. The experts who were hoping for Matignon's strong position are extremely disappointed, even more so even though this plan contains 200 measures, some of them, like the pack of cigarettes at 10 euros by 2020 or the enlargement of the pictogram for pregnant women on the bottles, were already known.
The former general delegate of the wine lobby works in the cabinet of Emmanuel Macron . Above all, no other strong measure relates to alcohol. Some people already whisper that this is another victory for the alcohol lobby. For specialists, it's clear, it's the alcohol industry that won! Some even say that it is the presence of the former general delegate of the wine lobby in the cabinet of Emmanuel Macron who explains alone, the lack of strong measures against alcohol.
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"Raising prices is the only strategy to reduce consumption." For example no minimum price. It was the measure most demanded by addictologists. The principle: a price below which one would not have the right to sell the liter of wine in particular. Today, you can find a pink cubi at less than two euros per liter, cheaper than mineral water or orange juice. Scandalous for the addictologist Michel Reynaud, president of the Fund actions addictions: "the heavy drinkers and dependents are those who support the alcohol industry, and it is for these people that it would have needed a price floor. This is also true for young people because when alcohol is expensive, they buy it less, and raising prices is the only strategy to reduce consumption. "
Finally, specialists also regret the absence of taxes on drinks "premix", these bottles that target women and young people because they mix wine and sweet drinks such as rosé grapefruit or rosé lollipop. No measures either concerning the limitation of advertising on alcoholic products.
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