Public won't support drink tax hike, says poll
Published:  05 February, 2008

Almost two thirds of voters believe higher taxes on alcohol would do nothing to solve the problems associated with it.

An ICM poll, commissioned by the Wine & Spirit Association, also revealed that 61 per cent of adults thought raising taxes would unfairly punish the majority of responsible drinkers.

The opinions of the 1,000 adults interviewed for the survey indicates the majority don't share the sentiments of the Alcohol Health Alliance, the organisation who sees a tax hike on drink as the way to solve alcohol related problems.

WSTA chief executive Jeremy Beadles said: "These results confirm our belief that increasing the price of alcohol by raising taxes is an unfair and unpopular measure that will punish the vast majority of consumers.

"More must be done to enforce the laws we already have, rather than just throwing new laws and further taxation at the problem."

According to the study, 69 per cent of voters think there is enough alcohol legislation in place. Top ranking ways to deal with alcohol-related problems include forcing parents to take more responsibility for their children and tougher police enforcement.




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