According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCADD), alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States with 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, who have an alcohol use disorder or an alcohol dependency.
Additionally, there are several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol related problems. Alcoholism is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.
This puts into context why we are remiss in sending congratulations to our respected U.S. Senators, four of whom were recently named “beer champion” by the Beer Institute—a national trade association.
The Senators were given this distinction for backing policies that offered tax relief for brewers and beer importers. Ohio’s craft beer production has grown to make the state the fifth largest craft brewing state in the nation, boasting 81,000 jobs for our economy.
But does this increase in economic development around a product that costs so much in terms of public health, loss of life and economic impact to communities merit the championship of favoring legislation to reduce taxes? We need more treatment facilities, more prevention dollars, and more recovery housing.
Take time to educate your legislators and congress on the importance of raising, not lower alcohol taxes to not only reduce underage drinking and over consumption, but to use those dollars to help address the addiction crisis in Ohio and the United States.
Prevention Action Alliance
September 11, 2018