Only Ireland is more expensive for alcohol than the UK

29 June, 2011

Official EU figures show that alcohol prices in the UK remain among the highest in Europe, despite widespread controversy over discounting.

Eurostat, the statistics office of the EU, measured price levels for consumer goods and services across all 27 member states in 2010 and reported that overall, British consumers paid average prices by community standards.

But in the alcohol category, only Ireland is more expensive. The cheapest countries for drinks are Romania and Bulgaria.

The top five most expensive countries for alcohol are Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, Eurostat said, adding that the wide variation in prices across the EU is principally due to different levels of taxation.

The UK is marginally more expensive than the EU average for food prices, but slightly cheaper than France, Italy and Germany.

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