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Why Canadian alcohol prices are so high (and why this is wrong).

Alcohol prices in Canada are approximately twice as expensive as in the United States. The sole reason for this price difference is that the Federal and Provincial Governments regulate minimum prices and taxes on alcohol. This is often referred to as “social responsibility”.

The artificially inflated prices are commonly justified by the argument that since we have public health care in Canada, and since alcohol abuse is bad for a person’s heath, people who drink cost the system more money. Therefore, those people should have to pay for it with higher prices (taxes on alcohol). Makes sense, right? Not exactly.

How excessive alcohol use actually saves healthcare costs.

Those who drink a lot do damage their health (often requiring medical care) and shorten their lifespan. The problem with the argument that this “costs the healthcare system more money” is that they ignore the “shorten the lifespan” part of the equation. Most of the healthcare costs are incurred by people of advanced age. It’s not the 65 year old drinker who dies that costs the system a lot of money. It’s the person who doesn’t drink and lives to be 95.

The dead 65 year old drinker doesn’t spend 30 years drawing CPP, OAS, and GIS payments. The dead drinker doesn’t spend 20 years in a nursing home paid for by the government at $50,000 a year. Having a drinking problem doesn’t cost the system more money – it arguably saves it money.

While we appreciate an argument that discouraging alcohol abuse is generally positive for society, saying that drinkers cost the system more money and therefore ought to be taxed more for that reason is invalid and deceptive. This same argument is also used to justify higher taxes/prices in Canada for cigarettes and is now frequently cited by individuals wanting higher taxes on so-called “junk” foods.

These unenlightened people ought to sit down and think through what they are actually arguing. As with many things in life, it's just not that simple.

Call us today.

You don't have to jeopardize your future or waste thousands of dollars on excessive legal fees. We provide effective and affordable lawyer representation for those charged with impaired driving offences throughout Ontario.

Have a skilled criminal lawyer who focuses on impaired driving related charges protect you and your future from the stigma and consequences of a criminal record.

    call us: 647-228-5969


  call us: 647-228-5969


Your case will be defended by a fully licensed Practicing Lawyer of the Law Society of Ontario. For more information about our lawyer, click here.

We provide our clients with:
  • Flat fee pricing
  • US travel advice and information
  • Employment background check advice/services
  • Fingerprints and records destruction services
  • Clear goals of getting charges dropped and bail conditions varied without a trial
  • Help with related immigration issues
  • Vulnerable Sector records suppression help
  • Experienced, focused counsel

* Please note:

If you are not a paying client, we cannot answer questions and provide assistance with U.S. travel, immigration, employment background checks, and avoiding a criminal record. This includes those who have already retained other counsel and those whose cases have already been completed.

Are you a lawyer? If you are defending an impaired driving related case and are looking for expert advice regarding possible defences, case strategies, and information release management call us at: 647-228-5969.

Please note: We do not accept legal aid certificate cases. All clients are handled on a private retainer only.


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