Alcohol may generate revenue, but at what cost?

Friday, August 30, 2013
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

A conservative activist says proposals that view alcohol as a revenue generator present a host of negatives.

Municipalities continue to hold referendums on alcohol sales, with proponents saying it would bring in money and create jobs. Just this month, the head of the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service made a pitch to start delivering beer, wine and spirits to doorsteps.

Creech, Mark (CAL)Rev. Mark Creech, president of the American Council on Alcohol Problems, says making beer and wine more available by sending them in the mail “would likely create more widespread use of alcohol, consequentially leading to more alcohol-related problems."

Meanwhile, Creech also believes it could also produce additional problems with underage drinking.

"It's been suggested that this might be remedied by having to sign for the package or picking up delivery at the post office,” says Creech. “But are we now going to train the mailman to know how to recognize a fake ID?”

The American Council spokesman points out that alcohol purchases and possession are illegal under age 21 in all 50 states, but on average 40 percent of high school students drank alcohol within the last 30 days.

Creech also points to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says excessive alcohol use carries a large economic burden, costing our country approximately $225 billion annually for everything from lost worker productivity to higher health care cost.

"The median cost per state for each alcoholic drink consumed was $1.91,” Creech explains. “Alcohol use and abuse is responsible for an average of 80,000 deaths and 2.3 million years of potential life in this country.  We don't need anything to exacerbate the problem."

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