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More Booze Taxes Lower Alcohol-Linked Deaths

  

Raising state taxes on alcohol may trigger an immediate drop in the number of people who die from alcohol-related disease, new research reveals.  The finding is based on the particular experience of Alaska, following that state’s two legislative moves to raise taxes on beer, wine and liquor in 1983 and 2002. In the first instance, the research team observed a 29 percent decline in deaths from alcohol-related disease; in the second, the apparent drop was 11 percent. “The real bottom line is that the increase in the alcohol tax saved lives,” said study lead author Alexander C. Wagenaar, a professor of epidemiology with the College of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The study was funded by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To gauge the impact of alcohol taxes on alcohol-related disease fatalities, the authors analyzed U.S. National Center for Health Statistics data from 1976 through 2004. They tallied the number of men and women who died from a range of alcohol-related conditions, both in Alaska and across the United States, before and after Alaska’s two tax bumps. Such diseases include cirrhosis, cancer of the mouth, cancers of the esophagus, breast cancer, and a number of other pancreatic and cardiac illnesses. Alongside alcohol-related injuries and accidents, such illnesses make up the estimated 85,000 alcohol-fueled deaths occurring in the United States annually. And it should be pointed out that in public health, if we do something that reduces the death rate by just 3 or 5 percent, that’s considered to be a major success. And these tax increases reduced the risk of death from alcohol-related disease far more substantially than that.” “Just think of the healthcare cost that would be saved if we reduced the death rates across the whole country. And this is absolutely something that’s not impossible to do.” “So this study reaffirms this effect and its impact, in terms of alcohol. And it suggests that any change in public health messages concerning alcohol consumption should also involve a change in taxes, and therefore prices, as an effective means for ensuring improved health for the community.”http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2008/11/13/booze-taxes–lower-alcohol-linked-deaths.htmlhttp://www.cspinet.org/booze/taxguide/TaxIndex.htm

“So, the implication for the other states and the country as a whole is quite amazing,”

 

For more on the impact of alcohol taxes on drinking behaviors, head to the Alcohol Policies Project. 

 

Sarah Palin … going and going and going

 

         
Washington  Tina Fey believes that Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin looks five times better than her. Fey, who has been applauded for her impersonation of the Alaska governor on ‘Saturday Night Live’, didn’t think she resembled Palin that much at first.”When I first saw her, I didn’t think we looked alike at all. Then during the convention , I started to think, ‘Ok, maybe a little’,” Usmagazine quoted her, as saying.        

Now, Fey wishes she looked more like Palin. “I’ll tell you, that lady is five times better-looking than I am. “
 
Sarah Palin looks better than Fey to many of the Republican women supporters of Sarah Palin in more ways than just  looks, Sarah Plain she acts and looks like a good mother, a good wife, a good time manager and administrator as well. Sarah Palin, who keeps on going and going and going, she has certainly re-energized the republican party supporter, the women voters now as well and this is why some liberals, democrats are wrongfully so upset now at Sarah Palin and falsely try so hard to put her down.
  
Understandably and Undeniably the most read posts and the top searches even on this site has been Sarah Palin and not Barrack Obama.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Alec Baldwin on Monday called Sarah Palin “a good sport” for confronting her comedy double Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live” — and the Republican vice-presidential candidate said she’d do it again “in a heartbeat.”

After weeks of being lampooned by comedian Fey, Palin’s appearance on the late night sketch show gave “Saturday Night Live” its best ratings in 14 years, drawing roughly 14 million viewers, according to early estimates by TV network NBC.

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE49K07C20081021