Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd November 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Merron Baroness Merron Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care), Shadow Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed reform of alcohol duty announced in the Autumn Budget Statement on alcohol consumption.

Photo of Baroness Merron Baroness Merron Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care), Shadow Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed reform of alcohol duty announced in the Autumn Budget Statement on (1) alcohol-related hospitalisations, (2) alcohol-related deaths, and (3) other health outcomes.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton Minister of State (HM Treasury), Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The reform of alcohol duty has been designed to support the Government’s public health objectives. From 2023, all drinks will be taxed according to their alcohol content. Some high strength products such as white cider will go up in duty, whilst draught beer and cider in pubs will pay less duty. The Government expects that these changes will have a positive impact, with the potential to reduce alcohol-related hospitalisations and deaths, as well as providing other positive health outcomes.

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