Lies – the statement is not true, there is no evidence, the author is lying.
Aldis Gobzems, who is not a member of political groups, went on to support the tax cut in the speaker. He stressed that the changes in the overall support because he felt that Latvia's overall tax burden was too high and expressed the view that the problem of alcoholism can not be eliminated by changes in the excise tax because "those who use the most expensive alcohol have already exhausted their cheap use – smuggling and similar to ".
In the SKDS study commissioned by Pharmacy and Pharmacy chains in the pharmacy chain, the Health Index respondents shared their self-assessment of their health status. Alcoholism is recognized as a major problem in 6% of people, but differences in population groups with different levels of income are not significant.
It should be noted that the index of health is a survey or self-assessment, and not, for example, data on treatment with alcohol treatment. The Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the Central Statistics Office (CSB) have no available information to understand the extent to which alcoholism is linked to income. However, CSB data show that, regardless of money earned, residents spend on average 3 to 5% of their alcohol and tobacco income annually on average per year.
Similarly, in the 2016 CSB survey, among the poorest population, 31% of people per month experience at least one severe drinking episode (drink at least six alcoholic drinks at a time), and the richest – 28%.
Sarmīte Skaida, head of the psychiatric and narcologic center in Riga, says that "addiction does not distinguish a person who is rich or poor". As the narcologist points out, there may be differences in the ability to pay for medical services and medicines.
Stable work and family support are also motivated for faster recovery. "So we may see less effect, but the dependence diagnosis is the same," says Skaida. "We see alcoholic psychoses of good whiskey, good cognac and good sneakers."
When Re: Check asked to explain the statement to Gobzem, he first claimed that he never said. Later he noted that the context was misunderstood. Alcoholism is a big problem, and expensive alcohol is harmful, the deputy said, but "alcoholics, real alcoholics, they are actually people who do not buy good champagne for 70 euros or good vodka for 70 euros but those who drink the cheapest are available" "Gobzems could not give data that would prove his words." Get out of Riga and stop reading newspapers, look at the real life, "he said.
Conclusion: Gobzem's statement that uncontrolled alcohols are not based on facts.
Self-esteem studies of excessive alcohol consumption express the richest and poorest in society at an equal level. In addition, both high and low incomes of the population spend equivalent income on alcohol and tobacco. Physicians also confirm that both expensive and cheap alcohol are poisonous to the brain.