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05 October, 2007

Should alcoholic drinks be taxed more heavily for social or health reasons?

Very few regular wine drinkers think that wine should be more heavily taxed than it is already, a Wine Intelligence poll has found. Just 6 per cent want to see more duty on still wine, and 7 per cent want sparkling wine taxed more for social or health reasons. Seventy per cent are against the idea.

Nine out of 10 regular wine drinkers also oppose higher taxes on ales and four out of five say lager, cider and spirits should not face more duty in measures to fight alcohol-related disorder and ill health. But four out of 10 regular wine drinkers say RTDs should be taxed more heavily.

People aged under 44 were more strongly against higher taxes on wine and most other alcoholic categories, but over-45s were less opposed to it.

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