Excessive drinking costs the states billions of dollars each year, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control. In addition to costing 80,000 people their lives each year, excessive drinking is also responsible for increased health care costs and crime and reduced worker productivity.
As a whole, excessive drinking costs each state an average of $2.9 billion each, ranging from $420 million in North Dakota to $32 billion in California. California experienced the highest cost, with $3 billion in health care damages and nearly $24 billion in reduced worker productivity.
Binge drinking accounts for $171 billion of the total cost of excessive drinking, about 75 percent of the cost. Governments footed most of the bill for excessive drinkers—about 42 percent, or over $94 billion.
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