On Wednesday, a Senate committee amended a tax package passed by the House earlier this week, raising alcohol taxes 5 cents per drink for beer, wine, and spirits, greater than the 1- to 2-cent increase included in the original proposal.

The hike, larger than opponents had wanted but smaller than supporters had hoped for, would be the first in 30 years.

Research has shown making alcohol costlier is a way to reduce excess drinking, and supporters argued a significant tax increase is necessary to combat the state’s alcohol crisis. New Mexicans die of alcohol-related causesat nearly three times the national rate, and alcohol is involved in more than twice as many deaths statewide as fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamines combined.