Alcohol Tax by State

The taxation of alcohol has historically been a means for the government to generate revenue for its budget and as a way to deter what the government sees as excessive immoral behavior, giving it the moniker of the ‘Sin Tax’. Both the federal government and state governments levy these taxes and the rate is determined by the percentage of alcohol in the drink. Generally, spirits are taxed at a much higher rate than beer or wine ($13.50 per gallon, 50% alcohol) as they have a higher concentration of alcohol in them. 

Legislation on alcohol tax has been around since before the prohibition, but new legislation regarding alcohol tax such as the Craft Beverage Modernisation Act keeps getting introduced to the senate or the house. This act in particular aims to reduce taxes on beer and spirits, and changes the way aged alcohol is taxed. It also aims to make it easier for wine producers to gain more tax credit, a directive aimed to grow small businesses in this industry. 

To find out more about this topic, you can refer to the data in the charts.

Distilled Spirits Tax by State

Alaska - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$12.8

#32 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

1,856,775

#47 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.4

#3 in the US

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1.9

#5 in the US

Arizona - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$3

#11 in the US

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12,170,354

#21 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#4 in the US

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1.5

#6 in the US

Arkansas - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$2.5

#3 in the US

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4,541,883

#35 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.6

#5 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.9

#7 in the US

California - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$3.3

#12 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

75,177,380

#1 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#6 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#8 in the US

Colorado - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$2.28

#4 in the US

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15,646,400

#13 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.6

#7 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#9 in the US

Connecticut - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$5.94

#22 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

8,170,589

#28 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.2

#8 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#10 in the US

Delaware - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$4.5

#19 in the US

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4,279,456

#36 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.3

#9 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.7

#11 in the US

Florida - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$6.5

#28 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

51,085,736

#2 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#11 in the US

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1.8

#13 in the US

Georgia - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$3.79

#13 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

15,545,319

#14 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.3

#12 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#14 in the US

Hawaii - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$5.98

#23 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

2,346,738

#44 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.7

#13 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.9

#15 in the US

Illinois - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$8.55

#31 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

22,838,096

#5 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.7

#15 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.9

#16 in the US

Indiana - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$2.68

#5 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

14,338,534

#17 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.6

#16 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.7

#17 in the US

Kansas - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$2.5

#6 in the US

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5,200,227

#34 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.6

#18 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#19 in the US

Kentucky - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$1.92

#1 in the US

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8,811,961

#26 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.7

#19 in the US

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1.9

#20 in the US

Louisiana - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$3.03

#14 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

9,303,865

#24 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#20 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

2

#2 in the US

Maryland - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$1.5

#2 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

11,879,812

#22 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.3

#22 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#22 in the US

Massachusetts - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$4.05

#20 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

16,499,058

#12 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.4

#23 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.5

#23 in the US

Minnesota - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$5.03

#24 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

14,660,981

#16 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#25 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.5

#25 in the US

Missouri - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$2

#7 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

14,905,584

#15 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#27 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.8

#26 in the US

Nebraska - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$3.75

#15 in the US

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2,899,600

#42 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.6

#29 in the US

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1.7

#28 in the US

Nevada - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$3.6

#16 in the US

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9,598,737

#23 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#30 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#29 in the US

New Jersey - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$5.5

#25 in the US

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21,723,609

#7 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.2

#32 in the US

New Mexico - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$6.06

#29 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

3,373,702

#39 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#33 in the US

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1.8

#31 in the US

New York - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$6.44

#30 in the US

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34,658,345

#4 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.4

#34 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#32 in the US

North Dakota - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$2.5

#8 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

2,180,687

#45 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.9

#36 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.8

#34 in the US

Oklahoma - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$5.56

#26 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

5,363,479

#33 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.6

#38 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.5

#36 in the US

Rhode Island - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$5.4

#27 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

2,924,048

#41 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.4

#41 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.6

#39 in the US

South Carolina - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$2.72

#9 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

8,640,758

#27 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.7

#42 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.9

#40 in the US

South Dakota - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$3.93

#17 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

1,372,167

#49 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.7

#43 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.7

#41 in the US

Tennessee - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$4.4

#21 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

13,623,775

#19 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#44 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.7

#42 in the US

Texas - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$2.4

#10 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

46,815,366

#3 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.6

#45 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.8

#43 in the US

Washington - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$14.27

#33 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

13,509,654

#20 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.3

#49 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.5

#47 in the US

Wisconsin - Distilled Spirits Tax

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$3.25

#18 in the US

CONSUMPTION OF DISTILLED SPIRITShelp

16,868,513

#9 in the US

BINGE DRINKING INTENSITYhelp

5.5

#50 in the US

BINGE DRINKING FREQUENCYhelp

1.7

#49 in the US