Excessive Drinking Costs U.S. Billions, CDC Reports


By Lets Have Another Drink
10/17/2011

Do we need a law passed to make Alcohol more Accessible to all and promote shoplifting and Robberies for Alcohol with Minors and Gangs.

People say they are not an Alcoholic, but if this is true, then why do they want Alcohol more available, if your are not an Alcoholic, then lets not pass any bills that will let any one sell alcohol to make it easier to buy.

When it comes to lost production, it proven that most time is lost do to Alcohol, not Cigarettes, sure they are both bad for your health, but Alcohol kills more people than Tobacco product, I know you say hold on there, that not true, well if that is the case then go and dig up records on how many stops every day that police do every day, how many Accidents each day, how many deaths from Alcohol each day Accidents, and health that you don’t see.

I realized that I was an Alcoholic when I could not go one day without having at least one to four drinks at work (I was a truck driver working 16 hours a day) every day, I got a rude awakening before I killed some one, but that is a long story, but that is the problem to-day, just see what comes out of a store that sells beer and wine daily, now you add a higher Alcohol content, what do you think will happen.

Binge Drinking Costs America $224 Billion
Heavy Drinking Costs US Economy
Workplace productivity

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By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
Mon.10 17 2011

MONDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) — The public health price tag  on excessive drinking in the United States comes to almost $2 a drink, a  new government report shows.

“Excess alcohol consumption is a serious public health problem in this  country,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said during a noon press  conference Monday. “It’s also very costly.”

The economic toll of problem drinking affects everybody through lost  productivity, increased health care costs and the costs of alcohol-related  crime,  Frieden said. In 2006, those costs totaled $223.5 billion or about  $1.90 a drink, the report found.

“Fully two-thirds of these costs were related to binge drinking,”  Frieden said. “Binge drinking is reported by about one out of seven adults  in the U.S. and is by far the most common form of alcohol consumption by  underage youth. Binge drinking results in binge spending, not only by the  person who drinks but by the families, communities and society.”

According to the CDC report, each year excessive use of alcohol results  in an average of 79,000 deaths and 2.3 million years of potential life  lost.

The report was published in the Oct. 17 edition of the American  Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Excessive drinking includes binge drinking (four or more drinks at a  time for women, five or more for men) and heavy drinking (more than one  drink a day for women and more than two drinks a day for men). In  addition, any drinking by pregnant women or those underage is considered  excessive drinking, according to the CDC.

The largest cost from excessive drinking (72 percent) was in lost  productivity. Health care costs accounted for 11 percent of the total, and  9 percent of the cost was for law enforcement and other criminal justice  expenses. Drunk driving accidents contributed 6 percent of the total  cost.

Of the total costs, over $94 billion were incurred by federal, state  and local governments and almost $93 billion were borne by the drinkers  and their families. Governments paid 61 percent of the health care costs.  Drinkers and their families bore 55 percent of the cost of lost  productivity, mostly from lower household income, according to the report.

The study did not look at other costs such as pain and suffering by the  drinker or others affected by the drinking, so the total costs may well be  higher, the agency says. Excessive drinking cost $746 per person in 2006,  the researchers estimated.

There are many harms associated with excess drinking, Frieden said.  “Chronic health problems such as cirrhosis of the liver, inflammations of  the pancreas, cancers including, liver, mouth, throat and esophageal  cancer, high blood pressure, mental health problems and injuries, violence  including homicide, suicide and domestic violence — all are substantially  contributed to by unhealthy patterns of alcohol intake,” he said.

In addition, alcohol can harm a fetus if a mother drinks while  pregnant, Frieden noted.

To come up with their conclusions, the researchers looked at data from  the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact Application, the National Epidemiologic  Survey on Alcohol-Related Conditions and the National Survey on Drug Use  and Health. The most current data was from 2006, they noted.

A 1998 study by The Lewin Group, a private health care consulting firm  in Falls Church, Va., estimated the cost of excessive drinking at about  $185 billion, the researchers said.

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