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Alcohol duty up 5%

Duty on beers, wines and spirits in the UK will increase by 5% it was announced in this week's budget. The rise was already on the cards following the tax escalator introduced in the 2008 budget which automatically increases tax on alcohol by 2% above inflation - currently running at 3%. The rise will add 10p to a 75cl bottle of wine and 12 to a 75cl bottle of sparkling wine, 36p to a 70cl bottle of spirits and 2p on a pint of beer, from Sunday 28 March 2010.