Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Economic Cost of Heavy Drinking
Some food, or rather, some drink for thought.
A recently released study conducted for the CDC Foundation estimates that the economic costs of excessive drinking in American totaled $223.5 billion in 2006. Binge drinking accounted for 76.4%, or $170.7 billion of the total costs, according to the report. Binge drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks for men within a two-hour period.
The report estimates that the per capita cost of excessive drinking was approximately $746 for every man, woman, and child in the United States in 2006.
Here is a breakdown of the cost of excessive drinking:
· 72.2% ($161.3 billion) - Lost productivity
· 11% ($24.6 billion) - Healthcare
· 9.4% ($21.0 billion) - Criminal Justice
· 7.5% ($16.7 billion) - Other costs (e.g., property damage)
(The study was conducted for the CDC Foundation, a nonprofit enterprise that creates programs with the Centers for Disease Control for fighting threats to health. The study analyzed 2006 costs obtained from national databases.)
Graphics Credit: http://cdc.gov