Excessive Alcohol Use Costs a Quarter Trillion

alcoholdrinksThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a release earlier this month with cost estimates for excessive alcohol consumption in America. The total cost estimate is close to a quarter of a trillion dollars per year.

The median cost in the country for 2006 was $2.9 billion, with the lowest state being North Dakota at less than a half a billion and the highest state was California at $32 billion.

Study authors found that costs due to excessive drinking largely resulted from losses in workplace productivity, health care, criminal justice expenses, automobile accidents, property damage and other related expenses.

Total costs were assessed across more than two dozen categories using information from several sources, such as the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact Application, the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol-Related Conditions, and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Researchers believe that the study’s findings represent a lower number than the actual full costs since there are more categories of related expenses that could have been considered.

Let’s face it, alcohol abuse is not just costly, but extremely dangerous. If you have a loved one in need of an intervention for alcohol abuse, contact Family First today to speak with an intervention specialist about your options before the holiday weekend.

Mike Loverde

With firsthand experience with addiction, Mike Loverde is now a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), as accredited by the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He founded Family First Intervention in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of families find intervention and addiction rehabilitation solutions.

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