From today, Australians will be paying more for beer and spirits as federal alcohol tax increases come into effect. The tax on one liter of pure alcohol will be raised from $100.05 to $101.85, resulting in a 90 cent increase on a pint of beer and a $20 increase on a slab. Australia now has the third highest spirits tax in the world. Brewers, distillers, and the hospitality industry are concerned about the impact on consumers and the economy, as the automatic indexation of spirits tax undermines efforts to curb inflation. The tax does not apply to wine.