Wine and cider prices can soon witness an increase as authorities plan the push to curb binge drinking. The reports from the Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) are confirming that Victorians can soon be forced to spend extra penny on their favorite wine and cider drinks as the authority has planned a new controversial plan to deter binge drinkers.
The action can increase taxes on cider and cask wine as authorities reveal they are the cheapest drinks and are highly encouraging binge drinking habit among people and the drink lovers.
Sharp rise in the sales of these drinking products is revealing that the people are becoming more prone to risks of gaining dangerous drinking habits, the Coalition says. Similar fears are forcing the authorities to include tax hike in this year's Federal Budget.
Hopes are higher that the push to increase tax on wine and cider will benefit similarly as was done by the alcopops tax that was introduced in the year 2008 to serve similar purpose.
The APC argues that a volumetric tax must be charged on alcohol because the action will force the figure of tax based upon the amount of alcohol present in the drink. Authorities believe that the decision will help strongly to reduce binge drinking habits and incidences in region.
At present, Australia's current complex alcohol tax has levied 23 cents as tax figures over the standard glass of traditional cider with 5% alcohol whereas 30 cents are charged for a full strength draught beer with 4 to 6% alcohol in the drink.
Citing that the lesser tax figures over Cask wine and cider could be encouraging binge drinking (cask wine has the lowest tax of eight cents per standard drink), APC's Legal Policy Adviser Ms. Sondra Davoren said, "What we're saying is a volumetric tax should be introduced to harmonize the system. Heavy-drinkers and young adolescents are the ones who are the most influenced by price”.
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