Texans for Education 

  • Texas currently ranks 47th in the U.S. in spending per student, with education spending at its lowest since 2005-2006.

  • As 25% of revenue from alcohol excise taxes is earmarked for education, raising alcohol excise taxes by a dime a drink would result in $177 million annually in new revenue for public education.

Texans for Health 

  • Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading risk factor of negative health outcomes, such an unintentional injuries, violence, unintended pregnancy, and cardiovascular disease, resulting in an estimated statewide healthcare cost of $1.6 billion in 2013

  • Raising alcohol excise taxes by a dime a drink will save 113,205 Texans from alcohol abuse and dependence, reduce teen pregnancy by 359 cases, and reduce both alcohol-impaired fatalities and babies being born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by nine percent each year.

  • Excessive alcohol use is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Texans for Safety

  • Excessive alcohol use kills 6,514 Texans each year, including 1,296 in fatal traffic accidents.

  • Every year, 372 young people under the age of 21 die in Texas because of excessive alcohol use. The majority of these deaths are from motor vehicle traffic crashes, homicides and suicides.

  • Extensive empirical research confirms that increases in alcohol excise taxes reduce driving under the influence, crime, rape, homicides, suicides, violence against children, and other harmful consequences of excessive drinking.