How Much Does Excessive Drinking Cost the Economy?

Vox: “A new study [by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] shows the striking cost of alcohol on the American economy: Excessive drinking cost the US $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink — a significant increase from $223.5 billion in 2006, or $1.90 per drink.”

“The state-level estimates are striking nonetheless, with alcohol costing society anywhere from $592 per person in Utah to $1,526 per person in Washington, DC. On a per-drink basis, alcohol cost society the least in New Hampshire ($0.92 per drink) and the most in New Mexico ($2.77 per drink).”

Not only is excessive drinking bad for the environment, but it also plays a part on your health as well. It is important to have a good time when you are out with friends or during festivities, but you should also know when enough is enough. For example, for anyone suffering from having an overactive bladder, maybe excessive drinking may not be the best action to take. If you notice any symptoms for this particular problem or anything else that you find concerning, don’t use alcohol as an excuse to get rid of your worries. It would make sense to look into something like Advanced Urology, where you can get the help you need to ease any stresses you may have when it comes to any medical concerns. Alcohol is not always the answer.

Alcohol costs society more than $2.40 per drink in some states.

“What contributes to these costs? Alcohol is associated with a host of problems, such as lost productivity, more crime (40 percent of violent crimes in the US involve alcohol), early death (one in 10 deaths among working-age adults are due to excessive drinking), and emergency room visits (more than 4.6 million in 2010). These effects can vary from state to state, depending on other socioeconomic conditions.”

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