The Ministry of health suggested raising the price of vodka to 300 rubles

The Ministry of health of Russia proposed to increase in 2018, the excise tax on alcohol with an alcohol content exceeding 9 percent. This “Izvestia” said the representative of the Ministry.

The relevant proposals, the Agency sent to the Ministry of Finance. According to the Ministry of health, the optimal price of a bottle of vodka with a volume of 0.5 liters should be more than 300 rubles.

The growth rate of the tax, according to the Ministry, needs to stay ahead of inflation. The goal for her this year to 4 percent in July, according to the Central Bank, it was 3.9 percent.

According to the representative of the Ministry of health, the increase in excise taxes is the most effective method of reducing alcohol consumption. “When we index the excise tax to the inflation rate, we maintain the existing availability of alcohol”, — he said.

The interlocutor of the edition explained that at sturdy products, including vodka, the tax rate needs to rise faster than inflation, that alcohol has become less affordable than low-alcohol products.