Alcohol Taxes Save Lives

In Fond du Lac County, 1 in 5 adults binge or excessively drink which affects families, community members, and the health of individuals daily.

In 2011, excessive alcohol consumption in Fond du Lac County contributed to at least:

  • 24 alcohol-related deaths
  • 829 alcohol-related hospitalizations
  • 1,046 alcohol-related arrests
  • An annual economic cost of $118.2 Million such as healthcare and lost productivity

Increasing the alcohol tax would positively affect families and communities in Fond du Lac County. Wisconsin’s beer tax of 6.4 cents/gal (3.4 cents/six pack) has not changed since 1969. According to research done by the University of Florida, public policies which raise the prices of alcohol can be an effective means to reduce excessive drinking and its consequences.

Studies report:

  • Consequences of excessive drinking include traffic deaths, child abuse, suicide, homicide, violence, STDs, unplanned pregnancy, gastrointestinal cancers, and lost productivity
  • Drug use including alcohol, in 60% of studies, decreases when alcohol taxes are increased
  • By increasing the alcohol tax alcohol-related mortality would reduce by an average of 35%

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Drug Free Communities and Fond du Lac County Healthy 2020 ask community members to:

  • Educate yourself on how excessive drinking affects Wisconsin and Fond du lac County through the Burden of Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin Report   http://www.drugfreefdl.com/sft678/burdenofalcoholwisconsinreportfdlmar2013.pdf
  • Contact your state legislator to educate them on how raising alcohol taxes is a public health avenue to reduce excessive drinking, underage drinking and its health consequences
  • For additional information, please see the link to the Alcohol Taxes Fact Sheet     http://familiesusa.org/sites/default/files/product_documents/Alcohol-Taxes-and-Public-Health.pdf

Sources

  1. County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. (2013). Fond du Lac county snapshot. Retrieved from http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/wisconsin/2013/rankings/fond-du-lac/county/outcomes/1/snapshot
  2. Black, P. & Paltzer, J. (2013). The burden of excessive alcohol use in Wisconsin. Retreived from http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/wisconsin/2013/rankings/fond-du-lac/county/outcomes/1/snapshot
  3. Elder, R., Lawrence, B., Ferguson, A., Naimi, T., Brewer, R. et. al. (2010). The effectiveness of tax policy interventions for reducing excessive alcohol consumption and related harms. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 38(2)217–229.
  4. Olver, C. (2011). Effects of alcohol tax and price policies on health. http://www.journalistresource.org
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