UK health secretary Patricia Hewitt has called for Chancellor Gordon Brown to increase tax on ‘alcopops’ and other alcoholic drinks favoured by teenagers in an effort to reduce binge drinking. The health secretary believes that increasing alcohol taxes would help to discourage young people from spending too much money on alcohol. Hewitt has asked the Chancellor to ‘really increase taxes on alcohol’ in the 2007 budget following the release of figures indicating that 80 per cent of deaths on a Friday and Saturday night are drinkrelated.
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