How your binge drinking is hurting the U.S. economy


2015-10-16 21:59

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the economic toll excessive alcohol intake is taking on the U.S. economy. Your binge drinking could contributing to billions of dollars paid by the government.

According to the report consuming as little as 4 drinks at a time or more for women and 5 or more alcoholic beverages for men cost the government more than 100 billion dollars between 2006 and 2010.

Robert Brewer, M.D., M.S.P.H., head of CDC's Alcohol Program and one of the study's authors said in a press release there is much that can be done to curb excessive drinking but interventions are “underused”.

Brewer also points out the statistics are “concerning” because there was an economic recession during 2006 and 2010.

Death and loss of job toll from alcohol

The report "2010 National and State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption" also found 1 in 10 deaths among people age 20 to 64 stemmed from excessive alcohol intake. Average deaths per year totaled 88,000. The price paid by governments comes primarily from binge drinking and varies among states.

According to the new analysis, binge drinking cost the District of Columbia an average of $3.5 billion in 2010; $488 million in North Dakota and $35 billion in California. Washington D.C. had the highest per capita cost New Mexico had the highest cost per drink.

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Excess alcohol consumption, in one sitting especially, has been implicated as one of the leading causes of premature death.

Most of the cost of alcohol consumption in the U.S. was associated with crime, loss of productivity in the workplace and treating the ill health effects from over imbibing.

Risks associated with drinking too much alcohol include:

  • Liver disease
  • Trauma from accidents, suicides and homicides
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Digestive problems
  • Stroke and heart disease

The report from the CDC shows binge drinking costs billions and takes a personal toll on health that is measurable..