Alcohol Taxes

Raising alcohol prices may be the single most effective strategy to reduce the harm stemming from underage drinking and adult over-consumption. Increasing excise taxes on alcoholic beverages is one strategy to achieve higher prices. In many states, taxes have not even kept up with inflation, resulting in low prices and losses in government revenue. Thanks to alcohol industry lobbying, alcohol taxes in the U.S. remain extremely low compared to other countries. Eat Drink Politics can help your state counter industry lobbying to raise alcohol taxes.

See our reports on this topic:

The Annual Cost of Alcohol in California (Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2008)

The Cost of Alcopops to Youth and California (2007)


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