What is the sugar tax really?

In the United States in 2015, was raised in Berkeley, a tax on sweetened drinks. This has actually led to a long-lasting decline in the consumption. Such a tax could be suitable, healthier drinking to develop habits to avoid diseases such as Diabetes, heart disease or tooth decay.

Road surveys showed that in Berkeley just a few months after the introduction of a tax on sweetened beverages, whose consumption by 21 percent. Three years later, the consumption declined even further, by a total of 52 per cent. The decline was especially noticeable in the case of well-known soft drinks, sports drinks, sweetened teas and coffees. For this, 29 per cent more water was used for drinking.

For comparison, surveys conducted in Oakland and San Francisco were carried out, where there was no corresponding tax. There, the consumption of sweet beverages was unchanged. The cities have responded and also a soft drinks tax introduced.

"The tax on Sugar funktioniert", Kristine Madsen, faculty Director of the Berkeley Food Institute at the University in Berkeley, for sure. "It is important that our results originate share from low-income and mixed-use city that are most affected by Diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases."

In order to capture the drinking habits of the inhabitants, those on the Team each year, around 2,500 people at intersections with a high volume of traffic in different parts of the city of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.