Category: Economics

Drinkers Make More Money (It’s Because They Drink)

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It’s a simple fact. In general, alcohol drinkers make more money. As one newspaper reported, “Who said boozers are losers? Just take a look at their paychecks.” Women in the US who drink earn 14% more than nondrinkers. Men who drink make 10% more than abstainers. according to an economic analysis in the Journal of …

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Café Culture Benefits Everyone and Is Easy to Create

Café culture has spread from Europe to countries around the world. With its emphasis on eating and socializing, it appeals to a broad segment of people. Café culture contributes to a diverse and vital downtown area that attracts visitors and enhances the economy. In short, café culture benefits everyone. The city of Chapel Hill in …

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Alcohol Ads and Underage Drinking (What Does Science Say?)

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Are alcohol ads and underage drinking related? Can reducing or eliminating alcohol ads on TV reduce underage drinking? Simple solutions to complex issues are always temping. Unfortunately, news reports can mislead if they don’t accurately summarize research findings. Misleading Reporting In reporting the findings of a study1 on the subject, the New York Times failed to …

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Sin Taxes on Alcohol Beverages: What You Need to Know

Taxes on alcohol beverages are often called “sin taxes.” Perhaps that’s a justification for raising them. The news is full of debates about increasing so-called . But what’s sinful about alcoholic beverages? Absolutely nothing. Saint Thomas Aquinas said that no substance is sinful, “but only the misuse of it that makes it so.” Healthful Drinking …

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Alcohol Monopolies are Anti-Consumer (High Prices, Poor Choice & Service)

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Competition among producers of goods and services benefits consumers. It increases consumer choice, reduces prices, and improves customer service. Therefore, alcohol monopolies are anti-consumer. Monopolies Harm Consumers It was abolishing the old telephone monopoly that made possible the dramatic expansion of communication products that we take for granted today. And it was deregulation of the …

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How Much Does Alcohol Cost Society? You Might be Surprised!

The question “How much does alcohol cost society?” is fairly easy to answer. However, it’s essential to distinguish between drinking in moderation and abusing alcohol. Failure to do so leads to radically different estimates. That’s because drinking in moderation is associated with better health, longer longevity, higher income and other positive benefits. However, alcohol abuse …

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