Eventually people start dodging those taxes - and the results are dangerous:
Magistrates fined the owners of the BED club in the Grand Arcade (Gatecrasher Clubs and Bars Ltd) £5,000 with £2,095 costs after 656 litres of fake spirit were found on the premises in September last year, according to West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service (WYTSS).
It’s the biggest seizure yet of fake vodka by Trading Standards in West Yorkshire.
This is the consequence of government action - it makes such illegal arbitrage worth the risk. At £2 a shot that's over fifty grand. Or, in terms of tax avoided, it's about six grand.
The more we load onto duty, the more of this we'll see and the more we'll read of people poisoned by:
...isopropanol, tertiary butanol and chloroform, none of which should be in vodka.
Sadly this won't be the lesson from this event - the tip of an illegal spirits iceberg - our lords and masters will carry on piling the tax onto booze in the interests of "health". With the direct result being, at some point, blind, even dead nightclubbers.
H/T Leeds Citizen for the story