FIFA 2022 World Cup Host Qatar Introduce ‘100 Per Cent’ Alcohol Tax

FIFA 2022 World Cup Host Qatar Introduce '100 Per Cent' Alcohol Tax

In news that will be of great concern to anyone wanting to be at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Middle Eastern country have just introduced a 100 per cent tax on alcohol.

The Gulf state, who are hosting the next big festival of football, announced a “sin tax” in a bid to crack down on “health-damaging” goods.

The price of alcohol was already pretty steep but the crazy new hike has seen it double.

As reported by Sky News, a one litre bottle of gin will now set you back 304 Qatari riyals (£73.25), while anyone wanting a 24-pack of beer cans of their choice will have to fork out 384 riyals (£82.73).

The price of a bottle of wine isn’t as hefty with all things considered, with 750ml of South African Shiraz poised to cost 86 riyals (£18.53).

With flights, tickets and accommodation taken into account, going to a World Cup is a very expensive trip and it’s even more costly now.

Image: PA

Image: PA

As per the Foreign Office, people are not allowed to drink in public because of the country’s traditions, though it’s noted that alcohol is available at licensed hotel restaurants and bars with a permit.

Those organising the tournament, which will take place in the winter to avoid extreme temperatures, say alcohol will be available for fans in designated areas such as fan parks.

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Josh Lawless

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