Treasury rebukes Hewitt over alcopops tax call. By Dan Martin
The Treasury has dismissed calls from health secretary Patricia Hewitt that taxes on alcopops should be increased to prevent teenagers from binge drinking.
Speaking to children's publication 'First News', Hewitt called on chancellor Gordon Brown to "really increase" taxes on drinks such as alcopops because too many youngsters are ending up in hospital due to alcohol related illnesses and injuries.
"I am asking Gordon Brown when he comes forward with the budget next year, to really increase taxes on alcohol," she said.