Alcohol — Excessive Consumption: Increasing Alcohol Taxes

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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: June 2007

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends increasing the unit price of alcohol by raising taxes to reduce heavy drinking and related harms. CPSTF found that these alcohol excise taxes reduce drunk driving, motor vehicle crashes, and deaths. Public health effects are expected to be proportional to the size of the tax increase.

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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2007). Alcohol - Excessive consumption: Increasing alcohol taxes. Retrieved from