Surely this makes no sense?
This is just cloak and dagger tax gathering really isn't it?
If 'binge' drinking is the supposed reason behind this is increasing the prices going to make any difference, i personally don't think it will.
It's become socially acceptable to go out and get absolutely wankered in this country and behave in a way that is likely to ruin the night out of everyone you come in to contact with (yes....we've all done it/do it!) but you don't necessarily see this abroad where drink is FAR cheaper, so why increase the prices!?
I don't know what the answer is, but i do object to having to pay more to enjoy the odd bevvi or two in the evening in the privacy of my own home!