RUNNING HEAD: Sin Taxes on Alcohol and Tobacco Increase for Medical Care
ENG 122 English Composition II
Instructor: Angel Vasquez
July 15, 2013
Sin Taxes on Alcohol and Tobacco Increase for Medical Care
Is it right for “sin taxes” on alcohol and tobacco be increased to help pay for the increasing costs of medical care? Or should it be decreased and not help pay for the increasing costs of medical care?
It is absolutely necessary for sin taxes to be implemented on alcohol and tobacco in order to assist in the rising cost of medical care. Everyone cannot afford health care and I think that the ones who are driving while under the influence should pay for the health care of another person if they are harmed because of the drunken person.
Alcoholic beverages have been used in human societies at least since the beginning of recorded history. Fermented drinks were prepared and consumed in most parts of the world before the European colonial expansion, which changed the cultural position of alcohol nearly everywhere.1(1Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden) It has long been known that alcohol consumption is responsible for increased illness and death.3(3Addiction Research Institute, Zurich, Switzerland) Recent research has contributed substantially to our understanding of the relation of drinking to speciﬁc disorders, and has shown that the relation between alcohol consumption and health outcomes is complex and multidimensional. Alcohol has been shown to be causally related to more than 60 different medical conditions, 4 (4Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada) in most but not all cases detrimentally.
Treatment research shows that early intervention in primary care is feasible and effective, and a variety of behavioral and pharmacological interventions are available to treat alcohol dependence. This evidence suggests that treatment of alcohol-related problems should be...