Women bear brunt of drinks tax hike

WOMEN drinkers are being hardest hit by the chancellor’s recent tax increases.
New analysis from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) shows that female drinkers are paying out some £65m more than men – 61% of the total tax paid on alcohol across the on and off-trades .
WSTA figures show that 63% of what women drink is wine, compared to 33% for men. Women also drink more spirits than men – 22% compared to 13%. More than half of men drink lager or ale, compared to just 8% of women.
Chief executive Miles Beale said: “Women look set to be penalised simply because they make different choices about what to drink.”