After an informal consultation on alcohol taxation, the Treasury released its review which proposed raising the duty on any beers with an ABV strength of over 7.5 per cent and lowering the duty on beers and lager with an ABV which is below 2.8 per cent.
The changes are to be set in motion from autumn 2011, although full details of the new rates will not be released until the annual budget announcement which occurs in the spring.
The Treasury report stated that drinking remains a large concern and they believe changes to alcohol taxation could help to address the harms associated with problem drinking.
Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, has welcomed the government’s decision to use the tax structure to tackle alcohol-related harm.
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