Can we really take the politics out of alcohol tax?

7th October 2019 | Aveek Bhattacharya
Can we really take the politics out of alcohol tax?

In light of the SMF’s recent report and HM Treasury’s controversial ‘duty-free’ promise, Aveek Bhattacharya asks a pertinent question about the ways in which the alcohol taxation system could be revised Read more »

Explaining the strong support for the Swedish alcohol retail monopoly

24th May 2019 | Tea Olsen
Explaining the strong support for the Swedish alcohol retail monopoly

For the twenty-third year in a row, the Swedish state-run alcohol retail monopoly, Systembolaget, was ranked most trusted institution in Sweden. Above the police, universities and IKEA. Most consumers want freedom and availability when it comes to other retail markets. So how come Swedes have such a positive opinion on something that put restrictions on the market? Read more »

Carthage must be destroyed

24th October 2017 | Rob Poole
Carthage must be destroyed

‘The struggle to stop the UK drowning in cheap alcohol can be won, but it requires exceptional powers of endurance,’ writes professor Rob Poole Read more »

Fixing the UK’s alcohol taxes

20th March 2017 | Kate Smith
Fixing the UK’s alcohol taxes

Heavy drinkers have a higher social cost than other drinkers and are more responsive to changes in alcohol prices, say the Institute for Fiscal Studies. So why not raise taxes on the high-strength drinks they most often consume? Read more »