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Majority of Britons consider beer in pub unaffordable
More than half of the British consider the beer prices in the pub no longer affordable. This is the result of a survey conducted by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the lobby organization Camra (Campaign for Real Ale). When asked whether the pint is affordable in a British pub, 45 percent of respondents answered with "rather unaffordable" and eleven percent even with "highly unaffordable".
According to the Guardian, a pint in London currently costs an average of 5.20 British pounds (around 5.8 euros); outside the capital, pub visitors have to put 3.50 pounds on the counter.
According to Camra, this is mainly due to the various taxes levied in Great Britain on alcoholic beverages in pubs. "Beer drinkers will naturally look for cheaper ways to enjoy a drink, such as shopping at the liquor store and supermarket for home," Camra Chairman Jackie Parker said in a statement. Already in autumn the taxes per pint are to increase again by two pennies.
The number of pubs in Great Britain has been declining steadily for decades. According to the British Beer and Pub Association, this is due to the sharp rise in beer prices. In the past ten years alone, the price of a pint in a pub has risen by around 28 percent./cmy/DP/tos (dpa).
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