New report calls for alcohol tax to fund rehabilitation

A 'treatment tax' should be added to the cost of alcohol in shops to fund a new generation of rehabilitation centres and stem the tide of Britain's addiction problem, according to a new report by the Centre for Social Justice.

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Alcohol 'treatment tax' urged to fund rehabilitation

A 'treatment tax' should be added to the cost of alcohol in shops to fund a new generation of rehabilitation centres and stem the tide of Britain's addiction problem, according to a new report.

The Centre for Social Justice says the cost of addiction is rising because it is fuelling an increase in hospital admissions Credit: PA

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) said a levy on alcohol sold in shops could add 2p to a can of lager and 9p on a bottle of wine. It claimed that " costs of addiction are rising with alcohol-related admissions to hospital doubling in a decade."

The report suggests that 300,000 people in England are addicted to opiates and/or crack, 1.6 million are dependent on alcohol and one in seven children under the age of one live with a substance-abusing parent.

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