Every day Australians are set to pay more for alcohol come Monday, when the rate of tax goes up by another 1.2 per cent.
If the increase is fully passed onto consumers, it will see the cost of a case of Carlton Draught increase from $67 to $68.80
Last year, it is believed the government took $3.6 billion in tax from alcohol.
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.