Spirit tax hits a dollar a drink next month says industry

The alcoholic spirits industry has claimed consumers will be paying $1 in tax for every standard drink in a bottle of spirits from next month.

A long-standing excise on alcohol, first put in place to raise funds and help cover the social costs of alcohol abuse, will hit $1 a drink next month.

The Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia on Friday again asked why spirits should be taxed at a "higher" rate than beer and wine, as the tax is based on a measured standard drink.

Industry spokesman Stephen Riden said the latest jump in the excise, due next month, would mean consumers were paying $22 in tax for a standard bottle of spirits.