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

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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