Alcohol Tax In the News

Alcohol Tax In the News

During the past weeks there have been many articles and opinions published in the new that support saving lives through a new Alcohol Tax.

[1] Alamogordon News - What’s the science on alcohol taxes?

ALAMOGORDO As a community member and a public health professional, I was grateful for the recent coverage by the Alamogordo Daily News of the “Alcohol Taxes Saves Lives and Money” Summit held last week. Read More

[2] KOB4 - Group proposes alcohol tax increase to boost budget, discourage abuse

A local group says it has a plan to help the state’s budget deficit while cutting down on the damage done by excessive drinking.

The group Alcohol Taxes Save Lives & Money wants to raise the state alcohol tax by 25 cents per drink no later than the 2017 Legislative Session. For example, that would amount to an extra $1.50 for a six pack of beer. Read More

[3 ]Alamogordon News - Officials discuss alcohol tax hike

ALAMOGORDO - Public health professionals met with the community on Tuesday to discuss New Mexico raising the tax on alcohol.

“The YMCA of El Paso/Southern New Mexico and the local health council invited Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, the director of Alcohol Taxes Save Lives and Money coalition, to speak to us about their efforts,” said Holly Mata, local health professional. “Specifically  the impact on New Mexico of reducing alcohol consumption and reducing the problems associated with people drinking too much.” Read More

[4]  The Taos News- My Turn: Alcohol taxes save lives

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), New Mexico leads the country’s statistics with an astonishing 16.4 percent of deaths directly caused by alcohol. Abusive drinking not only costs us lives but money as well. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2013) reported the total economic cost of excessive alcohol consumption in New Mexico at a staggering $1,876,108,000. Read More

[5] Alamogordon News - What’s the science on alcohol taxes?

ALAMOGORDO As a community member and a public health professional, I was grateful for the recent coverage by the Alamogordo Daily News of the “Alcohol Taxes Saves Lives and Money” Summit held last week.

The third in a series of forums in Southern New Mexico this year, the Summit was an opportunity for people to learn about statewide efforts to increase alcohol taxes in New Mexico. Alcohol taxes haven’t been raised in the state since 1993. Read More

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