Vice Squad
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Saving Lives via Alcohol Taxes

Like Phil Cook, I favor higher alcohol taxes in the US. In Phil's book, Paying the Tab, he reviews the evidence on alcohol prices and overall mortality. Based on that review, his best guess is rather startling: "...if Congress doubled the beer tax and raised the taxes on wine and liquor by a similar amount, one result would be tens of thousands of lives saved every year [p. 170]."

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