Tax Research

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Effects of beverage alcohol price and tax levels on drinking: a meta-analysis of 1003 estimates from 112 studiesestablishes that beverage alcohol prices and taxes are inversely related to drinking and that the effects are large compared to other prevention policies and programs.  Article by Alexander C. Wagenaar, Matthew J. Salois & Kelli A. Komro, February 2009, published in Addiction, Volume 104, Issue 2 (p 179-190)

Study: Paying More for Alcohol Saves Lives. Published December 2008. Evidence shows that fewer alcohol-related deaths occured in Alaska following an increase in alcohol tax.

The Cost of Alcohol Abuse in California, prepared by the Institute for the Study of Social Change, March 2004 [PDF].
This paper calculates in detail the costs associated with alcohol abuse in California. When possible, tax activists should consider researching comparable numbers for their state.

A National Poll conducted by the American Medical Association finds that the majority of Americans support raising state alcohol taxes.

George Washington University's Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems' April 30, 2003 Press Release: Few States Earmark Alcohol Excise Tax for Treatment

George Washington University's Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems Report: Treating Alcohol Problems and State Alcohol Tax Revenues


"The effects of price on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems" article by Frank Chaloupka, et al. (2002).  Published in Alcohol Research and Health, 26(1):22-34.


"Reducing Morbidity and Mortality through Alcohol Pricing and Taxation" report by Frank Chaloupka, Director of ImpacTeen. [PDF]


AARP survey shows 8 in 10 people in North Carolina support an increase in alcohol excise taxes. [PDF]

The national opinion survey on Youth Access to Alcohol, prepared by the University of Minnesota Alcohol Epidemiology Program showed that 81% of Americans support raising alcohol taxes if they are used 'to pay for programs to prevent minors from drinking and to increase alcohol treatment programs'. [Harwood, E. M., Wagenaar, A.C. & Bernat, D.H. (2002). Prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.] [pdf]

Report on Alcohol Policies in the U.S. which reviews alcohol taxation in each of the states (from the Alcohol Epidemiology Program at the University of Minnesota). [PDF]

The Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics 2001 Opinion of the Public Health System Survey showed that 76% of New Jersey residents favor increased taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and firearms to provide more money for improving the state’s public health system. 

NIAAA (2000).  10th Special Report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health.  Chapter 6. [PDF]

Introduction: Economic and Health Services Perspectives

Part I:  Effects of Changes in Alcohol Prices and Taxes

Part II: Cost Research on Alcohol Treatment

Part III: The Economic Costs of Alcohol Abuse

Bibliography of articles and books
that discuss the impact of alcohol tax policy on alcohol consumption and harm.

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