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.)

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Rod said...

The statistics are meaningless with out showing or explaining the sources and how the stats were extrapolated from the data.

Steve K. said...

Here's a link to the study:

The estimation actually appears to be low.

Marco said...

I think 24.6 billion for healthcare is a shocking value.

Neuroskeptic said...

I can confirm that heavy drinking has a high economic cost. I often wake up in the morning after a heavy night and wonder where all the money went.

Dirk Hanson said...

Ha! Anecdotal, but we will accept it as evidence coming from a reliable source. ;)

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