Ireland vs Italy alcohol tax take: Irish pay 80% more
22 June 2016 | 0
Ahead of the Irish and Italian Euro match this evening, the Support Your Local campaign has released a comparison on what Irish and Italian consumers will be paying on alcohol tonight. The data shows that Irish consumers pay 80% more than Italians on alcohol excise tax. Irish consumers pay on average €733.08 on alcohol per year, while Italian consumers pay on average €149.46 per year.
The data shows that in comparison to Italy:
- Excise on a standard pint of beer is 69% higher in Ireland: €0.55 vs. €0.17
- Excise on a standard bottle of spirits is 78% higher in Ireland: €11.92 vs. €2.64
- Excise on a standard bottle of wine is 100% higher in Ireland: €3.19 vs. absolutely nothing
Meanwhile, the latest Eurostat research, released last week, found that Irish consumers pay the highest price for alcohol in the EU, which the Support Your Local campaign says is directly linked to Ireland’s excise tax take.
Michael Storan, campaign manager for the Support Your Local Campaign said: “Between 2012 and 2013 the government implemented huge excise increases as “an emergency measure”, resulting in excise on beer being increased by 44%, excise on spirits being increased by 37% and excise on wine being increased by 62%. These increases have remained in place ever since, hitting consumers, tourists and businesses unfairly. We are calling on the government to reverse alcohol excise in the next budget.”