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?