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News article19 July 2022European Health and Digital Executive Agency1 min read

Mapping tax policies to reduce the consumption of alcohol and products high in fat, sugar, and salt

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Unhealthy diets and excessive alcohol consumption are major risk factors for several health conditions and have important economic and social impacts on individuals and societies.

The third health programme has funded a study to map existing tax policies applicable to alcohol and products high in fat, sugar, and salt (HFSS).

The study provides a complete overview of existing fiscal measures and other pricing policies that aim to reduce the consumption of alcohol and of HFSS products (including non-alcoholic beverages) in countries participating in the EU health programme, Australia, Chile and the United States.

It has highlighted steady progress in the use of HFSS taxes, especially on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). All countries have applied tax and/or price regulation policies on alcohol beverages as part of their efforts to curb harmful alcohol use and alcohol-related harms, but taxation levels tend to be low.

In addition, the study has identified best practices in order to support EU countries that would consider introducing pricing policies and fiscal measures.


Since 2003, the first, second and third health programmes have implemented the EU health strategy. HaDEA manages service contracts under the EU4Health programme and its legacy, the 3rd health programme. The EU4Health programme is the latest and largest one to date in monetary terms, provides funding to national authorities, health organisations and other bodies through grants and public procurement, contributing to a healthier Europe.

Relevant links

EU sugar policy

Strategy on nutrition, overweight and obesity-related health issues


Publication date
19 July 2022
European Health and Digital Executive Agency
Programme Sector
  • Health
  • EU4Health
  • EUFunded
  • HealthUnion
  • Public health
  • Public procurement
  • Tendering