Excessive Alcohol Use: A Drain on the American Economy

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

Cost breakdown

  • 72% lost workplace productivity
  • 11% healthcare expenses
  • 10% criminal justice costs
  • 5% motor vehicle crash costs

Binge drinkers account for most of the cost

$191 billion

77% 

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

Who pays?

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

For strategies to reduce excessive drinking, go to: Externalwww.thecommunityguide.org/alcoholExternal

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