15 November 2018
Ireland World News

How Ireland’s alcohol tax compares to other EU countries

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) published the study conducted by Anthony Foley from DCU which found that Ireland was at the top of the list when it comes having the highest tax on wine, second highest in terms of tax for beer and third highest when it came to tax on spirits.

The report which is called Alcohol Excise Tax in Europe: Where Does Ireland Rank?, found that for a standard measure of wine found in restaurants and bars (187ml), the Irish government charges 80 cents, whereas in France the charge is only 1 cent.

Interestingly, out of the 28 EU member states, 14 of them including Germany, Portugal have no excise charge no excise on wine at all.

When it comes to beer, a pint in Ireland levies a tax of 55 cents, while a pint in a German pub would only be charged a levy of 5 cents.  Ireland’s tax is a staggering 11 times that of Germany.

For cider, Ireland’s levy is twice that of the UK’s — for every hectolitre, the levy is €94.46 in Ireland and €45.51 in the UK.

In Europe, Finland ranks number one with the highest overall excise tax at €3,941 per hectolitre of pure alcohol (HLPA). Ireland comes in second at €3,458 per HLPA, Sweden not far behind with €3,094 per HLPA, and finally the UK with €2,782 per HLPA. Even though Estonia ranks fifth highest when it comes to alcohol excise tax at €1,848 per HLPA, it is still almost50% lower than Ireland’s.

This is why the Irish find it much cheaper when they buy alcohol abroad; the excise tax really makes a difference.


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