Alcohol tax is a strange thing. I’ve never really understood why the cost of administering a country is more heavily borne by those who like a drink, than those who do not. This state of affairs is not likely to change significantly any time soon however, but fortunately, there is an opt out: make your own.
Home brewing used to mean murky brews of dubious provenance, but not any more. Modern kits are so easy to use and the results are dependable. I can make a bottle of wine of equal quality to that which sells for £5 in Asda (Walmart) for £1.50, and beer £2.50 per litre compared with for £1. It is really easy to learn and the kit required is quite modest.
Inevitably, there is a downside. You do need patience and some space. Also, there are those for whom the cost of booze is a welcome limitation: problems may ensue when they can afford three times as much. But it’s easy to get hooked on a hobby that saves you money. If anyone would care to give it a go, I’m willing and available to offer any advice I can. If you happen to be in the Lincoln area, there is a friendly club you can join too.