- Victim / Survivor
- Careless / Distracted
- Drunk & Drugged
- Teens / Parents
- Just the facts
- Traffic Safety
ALCOHOL ABUSE COST MINNESOTANS MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS AND OVER A THOUSAND LIVES EACH YEAR
The results of alcohol abuse touch all of us in many ways. The most heart wrenching is through death and injury. These come from DWI traffic crashes, violent assaults while under the influence, alcoholic liver and kidney failure, and domestic assault. Alcohol abuse is treatable, but it is costly and becoming less available. Minnesota use to be the treatment state. We set the model for treatment and also for Sobriety high schools. The model is still there but the availability for those in need has become limited. Prevention is cost effective, but hard to find money for important programs. Money needs to be appropriated to address the abuse and addiction BEFORE it ends up with death and injury. One way to obtain those funds is to increase the state tax on alcohol (it hasn’t been raised since 1987) In 1987, the alcohol tax as a percentage of alcohol sales was 5.47%, in 2010 it was 2.79%.
THE TOP WAYS ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ADDICTION HARM OUR STATE
WHAT WOULD $75 MILLION (about 7cents a drink) IN NEW MONEY DO TO DECREASE THE COST OF THE ABUSE OF ALCOHOL IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA?
With that money Minnesota could…..
This new tax money will fund the programs listed above and that will help cut down on the abuse of alcohol. With less abuse of alcohol, the state could save close to $600 million of direct costs. We, the tax payers are footing the bill for the results of alcohol abuse. Isn’t a fee of $75 million worth the savings of $600 million? Besides the monetary savings, there will be savings in lives, death and injury, and less suffering by spouses and children when the drunk or drug user in the house is no longer using.
Most alcohol consumers are social drinkers and they probably don’t drink more than 7 drinks a week. That comes out to 49 cents a week or $25.48 a year. That is one nice dinner out, isn’t that worth it for a healthier and safer Minnesota?