$223 Billion: The Cost Of Excessive Drinking In America


Next time someone urges you to have “just one more drink,” point them to this post from the Incidental Economist’s Aaron Carroll, shake your head judgmentally, and say, “I can’t, it’s just too expensive!” According to a new study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “In 2006, the economic costs of excessive drinking in the US were $223 billion,” approximately $1.90 per drink. “Almost three quarters of that sum is from lost productivity. An addition 11% is due to healthcare costs and 9% is due to criminal justice costs.”