by Max Brantley
I don't know if a serious petition drive effort underlies former MADD Director Teresa Belew's proposed initiative to add a dime tax to each alcoholic drink to raise money for drug and alcohol treatment programs. I know the possibility could lend a little weight to a legislative drive to impose a smaller levy for the same purpose.
I also know that a dime-a-drink tax might encourage -- without preventive legal rigamarole -- a rise in the service of outsized drinks. More Bavarian-style liter mugs, say, with the tax spread over a higher volume of beverage in a single serving.