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BVCASA Delivers New Report to State Legislators

Members of the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse joined Texans Standing Tall at the Capitol last week to release a new report.

Courtesy of bvcasa.org

Courtesy of bvcasa.org

The report titled, “The Effects of Alcohol Excise Tax Increases on Public Health and Safety in Texas,” shows the benefits of increasing alcohol excise taxes.

Michael Chism, BVCASA Coalition Coordinator, said the luxury tax on alcohol has remained the same since 1984.

Chism said a dime a drink increase would raise $708 million annually, creating additional jobs and reducing the cases of alcohol dependence and abuse.

He said an increase would also decrease consumption numbers, traffic deaths, homicides and other alcohol related issues.

Click here to read the full report.

Click below to hear comments from Michael Chism visiting with WTAW’s Chelsea Reber.

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Courtesy of BVCASA and Texans Standing Tall:

Austin – Members of the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA) joined Texans Standing Tall at the Capitol Tuesday to release a new report showing the benefits – to health and safety as well as state coffers – of increasing alcohol excise taxes. According to the report entitled “The Effects of Alcohol Excise Tax Increases on Public Health and Safety in Texas,” a dime a drink increase in the state’s alcohol excise taxes would raise $708 million annually, creating additional jobs and reducing the cases of alcohol dependence and abuse.

Before visiting the Capitol, BVCASA coalition members joined prevention advocates from around the state for a training led by report co-author Dr. David Jernigan, Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He reviewed the data contained in the report and the potential impact that raising alcohol excise taxes can have on prevention efforts in the state. Ms. Sielaff also participated in a press event in front of the Capitol steps.

“Underage drinking is a big problem in Brazos Valley, and Dr. Jernigan explained how research shows increasing alcohol excise taxes even a small amount is a proven way to reduce it,” explained Mr. Michael Chism, Coordinator for the Community Alcohol & Substance Awareness Partnership at the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse. “We visited Capitol offices where we delivered the report and discussed the cost of underage drinking in Texas. It is important that they remain up-to-date on the latest trends and research.”

Other members of BVCASA joined Mr. Chism, including Mona Carroll, Tiberio Garza, Prajyoti Vaidya, and Whitney Weathersby.

“An increase in the alcohol excise tax would reduce underage drinking and save lives in Texas,” said Jernigan. “In addition to creating a small net increase in jobs, the tax would bring substantial public health and safety benefits.”

Texans Standing Tall Executive Director Nicole Holt added, “Currently, 25% of alcohol excise tax revenue goes toward education, and a small increase in the tax would result in huge benefits for our education system.”

Texans Standing Tall (TST) is the statewide coalition working to support and create healthier and safer communities for our youth. TST’s vision is to make alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs irrelevant in the lives of youth. More information is available at www.texansstandingtall.org.

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Posted by on Mar 10 2015. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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