A CDC study found that drinking too much costs the U.S. economy around $ 249 billion a year.
Glug-glug-glug — that’s the sound of America drinking away $ 249 billion a year.
A study, released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that excessive drinking — mostly binge-drinking — cost the U.S. $ 249 billion in crime, health care costs and lost productivity in 2010.
The study breaks down the cost by state, and California comes out in the lead at $ 35 billion. At close to $ 19 billion Texas is next, followed by New York with $ 16 billion.
In cost per capita, D.C. leads the pack, followed by Alaska, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado.
Overall, the numbers represent a sizable increase of more than $ 20 billion since the last study in 2006.
Excessive drinking costs California more than $ 35 billion a year.
“The increase in the costs of excessive drinking from 2006 to 2010 is concerning, particularly given the severe economic recession that occurred during these years,” said Dr. Robert Brewer, one of the study’s authors.
“Effective prevention strategies can reduce excessive drinking and related costs in states and communities, but they are under used,” he said.
Of course, all those costs measure just the financial toll; there’s a toll in human lives, as well. Excessive drinking causes around 88,000 fatalities per year or 1 in 10 deaths among working-age Americans.
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