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I'm a drinker, and would gladly pay more to fund treatment. However, I think the idea that keeps coming up that "alcohol causes problems" is erroneous. Addiction is a disease and people with the disease will find a way to get intoxicated (I think the treatment people would agree with me on this), and the problem is so much bigger than can be tackled with this tax, even as large as it is. We are dickering around with a few million here and there (meanwhile punishing homegrown small businesess), when in fact addiction is a huge social problem that needs many more resources than brewers can provide.
Also, does anyone else see the sick irony of funding treatment from beer sales? Do you then hope people drink more so that you get more funds for treatment? While we're at it, why not fund schools through something like the lottery! Oh wait.....
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