Wisconsin already has a nationwide reputation for drinking. The numbers suggest we’re buying even more booze as the COVID-19 pandemic won’t seem to end. State revenue from excise taxes on alcohol during the last fiscal year was up nearly 17%, falling just short of $74 million. If confirmed by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, that will be the largest percentage increase seen here in nearly five decades. Liquor store owners say people were buying alcohol in large volumes over the last year. Bottles were flying off the shelves – hard liquor, beer, and wine.

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