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Aldis Gobzems, who is not a member of the political groups, supported the reduction of taxes in the rostrum. He noted that the changes in the general support because he considers that the overall tax burden of Latvia is too high and expressed his opinion that the problem of alcoholism can not be eliminated through changes in the rate of # 39 ; special taxes, since "those who use the most expensive alcohol are already extinct" to use their cheap – smuggling and similar things. "
In the SKDS study commissioned by the Pharmacy and Apothek chains in the pharmacy chain, Health Index respondents shared the self-assessment of their state of health. Alcoholism is recognized as an important problem for 6% of people, but the differences in population groups with different levels of income are not significant.
It should be noted that the health index is a survey or self-evaluation instead of, for example, medical treatment data on alcohol treatment. The Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the Central Statistical Office (CSB) do not have information available to understand the extent to which alcoholism is related to income. However, CSB data suggest that, regardless of the money earned, residents spend on average between 3 and 5% of their income per year for alcohol and tobacco.
In the same way, in the CSB survey of 2016 it was found that among the poorest people, 31% of people per month experience at least one episode of intensive consumption (drink at least six alcoholic beverages at the same time) and the most rich: 28%.
Sarmīte Skaida, head of the Riga's psychiatry and narcology center, says that "addiction does not distinguish whether a person is rich or poor." As pointed out by the arthropologist, there may be differences in the ability to pay for medical services and medication.
Stable work and family support are also motivated to recover more quickly. "So maybe we see fewer effects, but the diagnosis of addiction is the same," says Skaida. "We see alcohol psychosis of good whiskeys, good cognacs and good slippers".
When Re: Check asked to explain the statement to Gobzem, at first he claimed that he had never said. Later, he pointed out that the context was misunderstood. Alcoholism is a big problem and expensive alcohol is harmful, the deputy said, but "alcoholics, real alcoholics, are actually people who do not buy a good champagne for 70 euros or a good vodka for 70 euros, but Those who drink the cheapest "is available," he explained. Gobzems could not provide the data to prove his words. "Get out of Riga and stop reading the newspapers, look at real life," he said.
Conclusion: Gobzem's statement that those who do not drink those who drink more expensive alcohol are not based on facts.
Surveys of self-esteem over excessive alcohol consumption are expressed by the richest and the poorest in society at the same level. In addition, both the high incomes and the low population spend equivalent income on alcohol and tobacco. Doctors also confirm that cheap and cheap alcohol is toxic to the brain.