Excessive Alcohol Use: A Drain on the American Economy
The real cost of excessive alcohol use
What excessive drinking costs us
$249 billion in 2010:
- $807 per person
- $2.05 per drink
- 72% lost workplace productivity
- 11% healthcare expenses
- 10% criminal justice costs
- 5% motor vehicle crash costs
Binge drinkers account for most of the cost
Binge drinking is responsible for the majority of the economic cost
For men, binge drinking is 5 or more drinks consumed on one occasion. For women, binge drinking is 4 or more drinks consumed on one occasion
40% is paid by federal, state and local governments
Costs vary throughout states and DC
- California – Highest cost per state is $35 billion.
- Median cost per state is $3.5 billion.
- North Dakota – Lowest cost per state $488 million.
- New Mexico – Highest cost per drink is $2.77.
- Median cost per drink is $2.05.
- New Hampshire – Lowest cost per drink is $0.92