Excessive Alcohol Consumption Costs More Than Liver Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently conducted a study to determine the monetary costs of excessive alcohol consumption in the U.S. and found that binge drinking comes with a heavy price.

In total, the research revealed that drinking excessively cost about $224 billion in 2006. The study authors noted that lost productivity at work accounted for 72 percent of that figure, while 11 percent stemmed from healthcare costs and 9 percent was spent on law enforcement and criminal justice procedures.

This estimate may actually be a conservative one, since the research did not include healthcare expenditures resulting from mental anguish of the drinker and his or her family members.

“This research captures the reality that binge drinking means binge spending and, left unchecked, the burdensome cost of excessive drinking will only go up,” said CDC director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Unfortunately the hangover is being passed on to all of us in the workplace and the health and criminal justice systems."

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By Easy Health Options Staff

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