The U.S. economy is feeling hungover these days and it’s tied directly to excessive binge drinking, according to new research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
The CDC says excessive drinking cost the U.S. economy $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink. That number is slightly higher than the $223.5 billion cost it calculated for 2006.
Costs were mostly attributed to reduced workplace productivity, crime, and the cost of treating people who excessively drink.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks at a time for men or four or more drinks on one occasion for women. Binge drinking was blamed for 77 percent of the overall economic costs.
The CDC says excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for an average of 88,000 deaths each year, including one in 10 deaths among Americans between the ages of 20 and 64.