The Impact of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol does more than impair judgment –it impairs lives. The societal cost of alcohol abuse and misuse impacts workplace productivity, health care costs, public safety, and the criminal justice system.  Alcohol abuse in the United States causes 4.6% of lost productivity to alcohol impairment.  Alcohol is involved in 1/3 of motor vehicle crash deaths in the US. More than 1.4 million alcohol-impaired drivers were arrested in 2009. The cost of excessive alcohol consumption in the United States reached $223.5 Billion in 2006. The cost generally caused from losses in workplace productivity (72% of the total cost), health care expenses for issues resulted from excessive drinking (11% of total), law enforcement expenses related to excessive alcohol consumption (9% of total), and motor vehicle crash costs of impaired driving (6% of the total).

The Impact of Alcohol Abuse

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