CDC: Add $2 per drink for US excessive drinking

(AP) -- The toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society, according to a new federal research.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study calculated societal costs from binge and heavy drinking beyond what consumers pay at the bar or liquor store. It's the first such federal estimate in more than a dozen years.

The study looked at costs that included - among other things - lost , property damage from car crashes, expenditures for and other alcohol-associated medical problems, and money spent on incarceration of drunk drivers and criminals using alcohol.

The CDC estimated excessive drinking cost society nearly $224 billion in 2006, the most recent year for which all necessary statistics were available. That worked out to about $1.90 per drink, 80 cents of which was spent by federal, state or local governments, the researchers estimated. The rest came from drinkers, their families, private health insurers, employers, crime victims and others.

Most of that was related to binge drinking, in which four or five alcoholic beverages are consumed on one occasion.

" results in binge spending," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

noted that while some health benefits have been associated with, say, a glass of wine each day, there are no health benefits linked to excessive drinking. They also said the new study likely represents an underestimate of the total cost.

Smoking has been estimated to cost society about $193 billion annually. An older study estimated the cost of not exercising to be around $150 billion.

The study was released Monday by the .


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Oct 17, 2011
I wonder if they have seen the study that shows the "Smoking has been estimated to cost society about $193 billion annually" has already been debunked.

What the study shows is the fact that with those people dying much earlier in life, they don't end up on Medicaid during the most financially expensive time in their lives.

Class Warfare propaganda. It always serves a purpose. Money.

Until you take profit out of healthcare, B.S. such as this will continue to be funded by those who stand to profit from it.

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Oct 18, 2011
I wonder if we put the heads of the people who think this on pikes it would have a societal benefit?

Oct 19, 2011
The best way to prevent binge drinking is to encourage regular moderate consumption. I jealously measure out a glass of red wine each evening and drain every last drop of it. Doing so has been my most successful strategy for prevent alcohol binges during the weekend, leaving me much more productive during my two days off.

Oct 19, 2011
Why not prohibit alcohol consumption?

Oct 19, 2011
Why not prohibit alcohol consumption

Does the term 'prohibition' ring a bell (1919-1933)? Do you know how that turned out?

The best way to prevent binge drinking is to encourage regular moderate consumption.

the best way to prevent binge drinking is to not make alcohol a mysterious/forbidden substance. Once it loses its mystique it loses its appeal.

Oct 19, 2011
The best way to prevent binge drinking is to encourage regular moderate consumption. I jealously measure out a glass of red wine each evening and drain every last drop of it. Doing so has been my most successful strategy for prevent alcohol binges during the weekend, leaving me much more productive during my two days off.

a glass of wine now and then promotes blood flow. very healthy i believe.

the best way to prevent binge drinking is to not make alcohol a mysterious/forbidden substance. Once it loses its mystique it loses its appeal.

let a child taste alcohol, s/he will stay off it for a long time.

Oct 19, 2011
Does the term 'prohibition' ring a bell (1919-1933)? Do you know how that turned out?

Just about as well as the war on drugs.
Is that $2 over and above the taxes paid by companies like Jack Daniels"
"Federal, state and local taxes accounted for $7.77, or 55%, of the average $14.21 price for a typical 750ml bottle of 80 proof distilled spirits in the United States in 2010."

Oct 21, 2011
Here's the fallacy - this type of academic exercise can easily be applied to any routine, any type of consumption, any habit or activity. There are many, many things that each of us does that, with proper forethought, could be done in a better, more efficient, more intelligent manner.

I am certain that there is a dollar figure negatively associated with the consumption of each additional calorie beyond one's core energy requirement. Same for the use of petroleum products. Air conditioning, smoking, coal use, the use of a personal vehicle vs. public transportation, etc., etc.

The CDC would be wise to leave the dollar figures to insurance industry actuaries and focus instead on the specific health problems they are attempting to combat.


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