UK Government To Raise Tax On Strong Beer

An example of more than just a “strong beer:” Brew Dog End of History at 55% abv. Yes, that is how it is packaged.

Written by Kathy Gordon for WSJ.com

LONDON (Dow Jones)–The U.K. government said Tuesday it will tax stronger beers at a higher rate than weaker ones as part of its move to tackle problem drinking. The new tax rates will be revealed in the 2011 Budget and will apply to beers with an alcoholic content above 7.5% and below 2.8%.

The decision follows an informal consultation by the Treasury over the summer and complements the reclassification of strong, cheap ciders earlier this year.

The government said the new duty will help to address the consumption of cheap, “super strength” lagers that are associated with high, and dangerous, levels of alcohol consumption.
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