Maryland alcohol taxes have not been raised in the past 50 years. The current alcohol excise taxes on alcohol in Maryland are less than a penny for one beer and less than two cents for wine or spirits. To some, this is an outrage as well as a cause for many health and crime issues in the state.
In a report entitled The Effects of Alcohol Excise Tax Increase on Public Health in Maryland by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, alcohol use is responsible for 1,278 deaths and 7,470 violent crimes in Maryland each year. The report continues to describe the negative effects of alcohol on Maryland residents, including the relatively high number of people addicted to or abusing alcohol.