Policy paper

Changes to Alcohol Duty rates

This measure increases duty rates under the revised structure on all alcoholic products produced in, or imported into, the UK in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) and also increases the duty differential previously announced for Draught Relief from 1 August 2023.



This measure increases:

  • duty rates by RPI across all catergories in line with the government’s commitment to manage the UK’s finances responsibly
  • the value of Draught Relief from 5% to 9.2% for qualifying beer and cider and from 20% to 23% for qualifying wine, other fermented products (previously made wine) and spirits

This aims to support the hospitality industry by ensuring the duty on an average pint does not increase from 1 August 2023.

Published 15 March 2023