Commentary on the Impact of a 25-Cent-per-Drink Alcohol Tax Increase

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      • Daley J.I.
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      The impact of a 25-cent-per-drink alcohol tax increase.
      advocates for large increases in alcohol taxes claiming both public health benefits from reduced consumption and that almost all of the cost would be borne by high-risk drinkers. The authors rely on the assumption that the majority of drinkers impose external costs on society and that the majority of drinkers would benefit if they reduced their consumption. Neither of these assumptions holds up under scrutiny.
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          We appreciate the opinions expressed by Professor Stringham. However, his assertion that increased alcohol taxes have little effect on the heaviest drinkers and therefore little public health benefit ignores a large body of evidence to the contrary. First and most importantly, high-risk drinkers account for the majority of alcohol-related problems, and increased prices and taxes are a highly effective strategy to reduce risky consumption and alcohol-related harms within populations.1–3
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