This is how much it costs the US every time someone drinks

Drinking Costs the US $249 Billion Annually
Drinking Costs the US $249 Billion Annually

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drinking in excess is not just giving you a bad hangover. A study that the center conducted, calculated that drinking costed the U.S. economy $249 billion in 2010, and it's on the rise since the prior calculation in 2006. The costs were attributable to a reduced productivity in the workplace, health problems and crime. The study, of course, does not refer to casual drinking, but to binge-drinking, which according to NBC News is defined as follows:

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According to the study, excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for 88,000 deaths each year and one in 10 deaths is among Americans between the ages of 20 and 64. If we applied the monetary cost to the total population, the impact amounts to $2.05 for every drink you have. Robert Brewer, one of the study's authors, commented the following:

"The increase in the costs of excessive drinking from 2006 to 2010 is concerning, particularly given the severe economic recession that occurred during these years. Effective prevention strategies can reduce excessive drinking and related costs in states and communities, but they are under used."

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