Strategizer 37: Increasing Alcohol Taxes to Fund Programs to Prevent and Treat Youth-Related Alcohol Problems

By Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America in Cooperation with the Center for Science in the Public Interest

Studies have shown that when the price of alcohol increases, many alcohol-related problems go down. Young people are especially affected by variations in price. Raising alcohol excise taxes, therefore, can be an effective tactic to consider as part of a comprehensive approach to reducing alcohol-related problems on campus and in the surrounding community. This Strategizer provides answers to such questions as why increase excise taxes, what effects to expect from a tax increase, how an increase affects the price of alcohol, how higher alcoholic beverage taxes affect sales, how reduced sales affect alcohol problems, and how alcohol tax revenues can be used. The publication also suggests what coalitions can do to increase alcohol excise tax rates, including identifying and quantifying some of the major economic and social costs of alcohol use.

Published by: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention Order Info

Price: Free
(12 pp.)