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Alcoholic beverages could soon cost more in Maryland if state lawmakers hike up the alcohol tax to generate revenue.

The dime-a-drink tax would be imposed at the wholesale level, but retailers would likely pass on that cost to consumers.

A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers found that the tax would generate more than $215 million for the state.

The study also says the average consumer would pay less than $11 more per year for their consumption of beer, wine and liquor.

Supporters say a tax increase is long overdue.

But Maryland businesses say the tax hike could hurt sales, especially for retailers in the city who were already hit with a bottle tax last year.

Tuesday, January 4 2011, 06:47 PM EST

Last modified: January 5, 2011