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“Study: Paying more for alcohol saves lives”

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This is a story that claims that raising the price of alcohol saves lives. What this story doesn’t report on, is the probable increase in liquor store thefts as the result of raising prices.

What I don’t understand is why this is an issue. I betcha if we raise the taxes on butter, that there will be less heart disease. Alcohol is a legal substance in the United States, and it shouldn’t be subject to taxes because of any moral positions on the subject. It is pretty common knowledge that alcohol in excess, like most things in excess, is not a healthy thing to do. If people want to do it, then that is their choice, but don’t tax everyone as a preventative measure to try and control alcohol related diseases. We don’t judge or punish people for eating too many Big Macs, so why all the attention on alcohol?


  1. Ron Washam, HMW | Friday, November 14, 2008

    Well, frankly, Alan, isn’t the point that the world is overpopulated and fewer people is a good thing? And with booze at least they die happy (whereas with more expensive butter they can’t afford to re-enact “Last Tango in Paris” for their friends any longer). So by raising taxes on alcohol we’re simply lobbying for a more overcrowded planet. That seems stupid.

  2. Bootstrap | Friday, November 14, 2008

    Alan, this is a great arguement. I totally agree with your remarks Perhaps, you should become and alcohol lobbyist fighting for the civil rights of boozers everywhere.

  3. Alan Kropf | Friday, November 14, 2008

    Ron, helluva point, but we are plaining a numbers game here at Mutineer Magazine, and the numbers tell us that we can rely on one out of a million people to subscribe to Mutineer Magazine = people dying = less subscribers…

  4. Ron Washam, HMW | Saturday, November 15, 2008

    Alan, I get your point. The drunker people are the more likely they are to subscribe, right? Very sneaky. Except they might accidentally subscribe to Reader’s Digest because they have a Large Print Edition.

  5. Brian | Saturday, November 15, 2008

    This man speaks the truth. I finished a fifth of Captain Morgan’s last night and I looked at my credit card statement online today and it turns out I subscribed 15 times last night :/

  6. Julie | Saturday, November 15, 2008

    Well, I thought that the saving of lives was related to ‘drinking and driving’

  7. Voltron | Sunday, November 16, 2008

    Blaming alcohol for death, is BS…

    That’s like blaming the spoon for why Rosie O’Donnell is fat…

  8. Carrie Tucker | Monday, November 17, 2008

    This is a very deep discussion. :) I can both agree and disagree. I think that alcohol and tobacco are health robbing, and so is McDonalds, but butter is a lot less problematic than margarine. Curing heart disease is a lot more complicated than reducing saturated fat and butter, though that’s a good start.

    The place where I begin to agree is the obvious manipulation that price raising attempts. You are right, it is the moral majority, judgmental BS that decides who to target for “punishment”.

    Liver and lung disease and obesity seem punishment enough to me. I also don’t believe that manipulation works, even on kids. Adults are going to indulge no matter what the cost. The extra dollars for taxes are not going to send them to the produce department and the gym.

  9. Alan Kropf | Monday, November 17, 2008

    Thanks for the comment Carrie, it sounds like you and Voltron are on the same page, you just know how to use your words (it’s ok, voltron can’t get his feelings hurt). Great arguments, targeting punishment doesn’t seem fair, does it?

  10. Voltron | Monday, November 17, 2008

    Actions speak louder than words, especially Round House Kicks

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