Alcohol Abuse

Should taxes and regulations on alcoholic beverages be increased?


Americans have been drinking more alcohol in recent decades, and the number who died from alcohol-related causes doubled between 1999 and 2017 to more than 72,000. Currently, 14.5 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder. Scientists correlate alcohol abuse with several acute and chronic maladies, domestic violence, vehicle accidents, crime and a rising number of “deaths of despair” in America. Experts fear more people may abuse alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers disagree, however, on whether drinking low or moderate amounts of alcohol damages one's health. Meanwhile, many researchers and health officials say regulations should limit adolescents’ exposure to alcohol advertising, especially on social media, and alcohol taxes should be raised to discourage drinking. Others, including libertarians and industry representatives, say stricter ad regulations or ...

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