Everyday Aussies are set to pay more for booze come Monday when the rate of tax goes up by another 1.2 per cent.
If the increase is fully passed on to consumers, a carton of Carlton Draught would increase from $67 to $68.80.
It’s believed the government took $3.6 billion in tax from alcohol last year.
The World Health Organisation says on its website: “Alcohol taxation and pricing policies are among the most effective and cost-effective alcohol control measures.
“An increase in excise taxes on alcoholic beverages is a proven measure to reduce the harmful use of alcohol and it provides governments revenue to offset the economic costs of harmful use of alcohol.”
Under current law, excise rates, paid by alcohol manufacturers, go up every August and February to account for inflation.