Will increase on beer duty reduce medical insurance alcohol-related claims?
Health insurance claims related to alcohol misuse may increase, as it appears that young people are consuming more of the drug.
This is according to the Institute of Alcohol Studies, which claims that although fewer youngsters are drinking heavily, those that continue to do so have upped the ante and are drinking greater quantities.
It appears that the only way to reduce their use of the substance is to increase its price, director Dr Adrian Bonner said.
His comments come as the Review of alcohol taxation was published by HM Treasury, revealing government plans to introduce an additional duty on beers over 7.5 per cent abv in strength.
In addition, a reduced rate of duty on beers produced at an alcohol strength of 2.8 per cent abv or below will also be introduced.
"Essentially there is a growing feeling in the UK, EU and worldwide that there is a rising problem of alcohol harm in the UK, Europe and the world," Dr Bonner stated.