Charity calls for higher tax on strong drinks

29 August, 2010

Alcohol Concern is urging the government to apply severe taxes on producers of superstrength beers and ciders.

The charity wants the extra revenue to be used to treat people suffering from alcohol-related problems.

It wants an overhaul of the taxation system for alcohol so that stronger products attract more duty than weaker ones.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, chief executive Don Shenker said: “For the sake of the children, families and communities that suffer from alcohol abuse, the increasing affordability of alcohol must be halted and more funding via taxation should be provided to support the victims of alcohol abuse.”

The government is already engaged in a review of the way alcohol taxation is structured and is expected to report on its conclusions in the autumn.




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