The Youth Advisory Board of the Talbot County Youth Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention sent a letter this week to Annapolis to voice their support for the proposal being introduced this year by Senator Verna Jones and Senator Rich Madeleno and Delegate Bill Bronrott and Delegate Jim Hubbard to increase the state alcohol tax by a “Dime a Drink”. This alcohol tax will, according to the recent study by Professors David Jergen and Hugh Waters of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, save hundreds of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars by reducing alcohol abuse across the state.
What research on alcohol taxes has found is that alcohol excise tax increases have the ability to both increase state revenues AND save lives, including among young people and heavy drinkers. In Maryland, 1,278 deaths and 7,470 violent crimes per year are caused by alcohol use in Maryland. Recent statistics show that 1 out of 4 Maryland high school students binge drink. Alcohol causes 1 out of 3 deaths among young people in Maryland ages 15 to 20.
The letter from the Youth Coalition stated that “We believe that it is important that our legislators see that the support for these bills include youth organizations such as ours in Talbot County. “ To learn more about the Youth Coalition, check out our Face book page at “Talbot County Youth Coalition.”