It seems that alcohol binges are a burden for the U.S. economy, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Health.
One’s drinking habits are destructive not only for the body, but also for the state’s economy. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a study according to which in 2010, the US spent almost $249 billion for the excessive drinkers. That means $2.05 per drink. These numbers show an increase in comparison to 2006, when the state spent $223.5 billion, which means $1.90 for each drink.
Robert Brewer, a member of the CDC, believed that this rise in the costs represent a reason of concern, particularly with the economic crisis from 2006 up to 2010.
Nationwide, excessive drinking made each state pay an average of $3.5 billion. Washington D.C. occupies the first place, with $1,526, in comparison with the $807 national average.
The CDC didn’t gather data for 2015, but researchers believe that the costs got even higher.
A great part of the economic damages of big alcohol intakes are diminished productivity at the workplace or even frequent absence, which took approximately 72% of the total costs. Other elements that contribute to this spending are crimes, accidents and rehabilitation treatments.
In the US, approximately 800,000 people die each year because of incidents caused by alcohol consumption, most of them being aged between 20 and 64 years old.
Brewer said that effective strategies should be taken in order to reduce the drinking rates and the destructive effects they produce. He proposed higher alcohol excise taxes in local communities and in states.
“It is clear that excessive alcohol consumption is very expensive, that these costs are largely due to binge drinking, and that a substantial proportion of these costs are borne by taxpayers,” researchers claimed.
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