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Alcohol rise won't stop bingeing

13th March 2008

Moves by Chancellor Alistair Darling to put up tax on alcohol by the biggest amount since the 1970s have been welcomed by public health figures.


But they have said that there is still a way to go before it starts influencing drinking habits.

In his budget, Mr Darling revealed plans to increased excise duty on beer, wine and spirits by 6% above inflation. Beer goes up 4p a pint, cider up 3p a pint, wine up 14p a bottle and spirits up 55p a bottle.

However, public health chiefs still want to see further increases.

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, of the Faculty of Public Health, said: “It’s a good start, but still short of what’s needed to make a real dent in binge drinking. The Chancellor’s tax hike will help to deter some of them some of the time, but needs to go much further to make a real difference."

Alcohol Concern said the rises helped address the issue of alcohol becoming more affordable but wanted to see the government force the major retailers to stop discounting alcohol so heavily.

The British Liver Trust wants to see supermarkets banned from selling alcohol at under 40p or 50p a unit.

However, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said the tax hike was “hitting all drinkers for the sins of a minority.?

The Chancellor added 11p to the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes and 4p to five cigars but Cancer Research UK expressed disappointment that the tobacco tax increase was not significantly above inflation.


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