BRITAIN’S brewers are calling foul over the tax on beer.
They are complaining that duty has risen by 72% since 1997, compared to only 3% for the duty on spirits.
The result is that beer consumption in pubs has gone down.
Should we be happy or unhappy at this trend?
At a time when binge drinking is at the forefront of health worries, campaigners will no doubt be pleased that people are downing fewer pints.
But the bad news is that the amount of spirit drinking has gone up, so the problem has not been getting at all better.
While there might be no excuse for lowering beer duty to make people drink more, there is no excuse either for keeping spirits comparatively cheap.
Especially when they are being lapped up by youngsters who find it difficult to stop.