Report: COVID-19 pandemic driving alcohol sales in Wisconsin

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Liquor stores haven’t been the only place to find a drink. Even more states have been allowing bars and restaurants to offer some sort of to-go beverages. In 37 states, establishments can deliver the drinks to customers’ homes.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report suggests people are buying dramatically more alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum released findings Wednesday that show revenue from state excise taxes on alcohol during the year that ended June 30 increased almost 17% over the $63.3 million they brought in the prior year.

The increase likely will be the largest percentage jump since 1972 if the preliminary data holds.

Between 2009 and 2020 the percentage increase in alcohol tax revenue exceeded 2.4% in only one year. T

he report said increased drinking may not be surprising given rising stress over personal health, job losses and a lack of leisure activities as the pandemic continues.