Treasury accused of unfairly punishing female drinkers

22 April, 2013

The Chancellor’s decision to cut beer tax but overlook wine and spirits has unfairly penalised women, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

The trade body referenced a YouGov poll of 1,693 British adult drinkers conducted in November 2012 to show that women will be hardest hit by the price changes.

The poll suggested 63% of women’s alcohol intake is wine and 22% is spirits. Just 8% of what they drink is beer.

Meanwhile 51% of the alcohol men drink is beer, while 33% is wine and 13% is spirits.

WSTA chief executive Miles Beale said: “We are concerned that women look set to be penalised by wine and spirit price increases across the board, simply because they make different choices about what to drink.”




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