As many Americans recover from one round of holiday feasting and excess and gear up for the next, we thought this might be a good time to look at the costs of that granddaddy of extreme partying known as New Year's Eve. As always, the government will get its cut out of those cigars and champagne consumed next week. 

With that in mind and with a hat tip to, here's a history of sin taxes over the years. 


A group of revellers have their picture taken as they take part in New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York
A group of revelers getting their picture taken on New Year's Eve in New York's Times Square, December 31, 2010 Photo: Reuters



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