Taxation And Pricing
Australian drinkers pay some of the highest alcohol taxes in the world.
Increasing the $6 billion Australians pay each year in alcohol tax will not solve the problems of alcohol misuse.
There is no single industry position on alcohol taxation because each sector is taxed at different rates and in different ways.
The Australian alcohol beverages industry does not support Governments using blunt instruments like taxation or minimum pricing in preference to targeted policies to mitigate specific public health issues, or in order to reduce overall consumption of alcohol beverages.
The evidence clearly shows that increasing alcohol taxes reduces consumption by moderate drinkers, who are doing the right thing, far more that it influences the heaviest drinkers.
For industry media comment regarding this issue please contact Alcohol Beverages Australia
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