Athletics Weekly - - Dip Finish -

FANS who want to cel­e­brate suc­cess at the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Doha this year will find it an ex­pen­sive busi­ness fol­low­ing the news that Qatar has dou­bled the price of al­co­hol.

The pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­try has had strict lim­its on the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol for years but in the new year it dou­bled the cost overnight.

A 100% ex­cise tax has led to prices rock­et­ing, with a six-pack of beer now cost­ing more than

£20, whereas drink­ing in pub­lic is banned and al­co­hol is con­fis­cated at Doha Air­port.

Tee­to­tallers will also be dis­mayed to hear the price of sug­ary drinks in Qatar is also ris­ing by about half.

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