State monopolization of alcohol State control of alcoholic beverages
If the state exercises a monopoly on liquor production and sales, it controls the price, the quality and the public availability of alcoholic beverages, and thus exerts some control over rates of alcoholism. High taxes on alcoholic drinks discourage buying and can bring the state much needed revenue, which helps pay for treatment of alcohol-related diseases, among other things. State control of production ensures that the alcohol is made properly, and is not adulterated by even more poisonous chemicals. Countries where alcohol abuse is tolerated, such as Russia, cannot afford in human terms to have low-priced, poor quality, readily available alcohol.
Revocation of the state monopoly on alcohol production has been blamed for a 7 year drop in male life expectancy there as well as scams which enrich government cronies and impoverish the nation. In 1995, a law was passed to reinstate the monopoly.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.