Alcohol consumption takes a significant financial and human toll on society. Youth are particularly hard hit. America’s economic price tag for underage drinking’s resulting violence, car accidents and suicide attempts is $61.9 billion (Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, 2009).
Nearly two thirds of voters are in favor of increasing the Alcohol tax in their state to reduce budget deficits, garnering strong bi-partisan support.
The public is largely uniformed about current tax rates on beer. Public support remains strong for rate increases when consumers are provided information about current beer tax rates.
*Findings from a nationwide survey of 800 registered voters, April 2004 by Mellman Group & QEV Analytics