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Estimated Costs of Excessive Alcohol Use in the U.S. Are High

In 2006, median state cost of excessive drinking was $2.9 billion
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The estimated median state cost of excessive alcohol use in the United States in 2006, mostly due to binge drinking, was $2.9 billion, according to research published online Aug. 13 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Jeffrey J. Sacks, M.D., M.P.H., of Sue Binder Consulting in Atlanta, and colleagues estimated the economic cost of excessive drinking per state for 2006. An expert panel calculated the estimated cost for each state as a share of the 2006 national estimate of costs related to excessive alcohol consumption.
The researchers found that the median cost of excessive alcohol use per state was $2.9 billion, ranging from $419.6 million in North Dakota to $31.9 billion in California. The median cost per drink was $1.91, and the median cost per capita was $703. The median amount of state costs paid by the government was 42 percent. The median portion of state costs attributed to binge drinking was 76.6 percent, while the median portion of costs due to underage drinking was 11.2 percent.
"Excessive alcohol consumption has a substantial, but largely under-recognized, economic impact on all states in the United States," the authors write.
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