Latest suggestions on how to help pay for ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health care reform plan include a proposal to raise taxes on alcohol. In a recent posting fellow blogger Nate Silver over at FiveThirtyEight makes the case that a drunk driver tax, rather than an alcohol tax would be a fairer and more efficient way to go. Why? Silver explains that while alcohol consumption is associated with a wide array of undesirable outcomes such as increased highway fatalities, decreased productivity at workÃ‚ and worsened health outcomes, these behaviors arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t particularly strongly associated with drinking unto itself. Rather, they are associated with drinking to excess and/or engaging in stupid behaviors while doing so. Silver estimates that a drunk driver tax would produce at least as much revenue as the liquor tax, writing: Ã¢â‚¬Å“In 2006, there were 1.1 million arrests for drunk driving in the United States, not counting Florida which didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t report its statistics. Fine each of those people $8,000, and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have almost about $9 billion more to pay for health care every year.Ã¢â‚¬ A quick look at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stats show that Ã¢â‚¬Å“under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medicationÃ¢â‚¬ ranks third in the list of behaviors reported for drivers and motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes in 2007. The top two behaviors are Ã¢â‚¬Å“failure to keep in proper lane or running off the roadÃ¢â‚¬ and Ã¢â‚¬Å“driving too fast for conditions or in excess of posted speed limitÃ¢â‚¬ , while Ã¢â‚¬Å“inattentive (talking, eating)Ã¢â‚¬ ranks fourth. Which reminds us that alcohol isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the only vice contributing to increased highway fatalities and/or rising health care costs. What do you think is the most equitable way to pay for health care reform? Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on health insurance.