The Cost Of Binge Drinking (Climate of Health)

The number is staggering…..a whopping $249 billion dollars. That’s what a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report claims binge drinking cost the US economy in 2010. That works out to be about $2.05 per drink or $807 per person.

Binging is defined as more than four drinks for women or more than five for men.

From CNN:

Hangovers in the workplace cost the U.S. a whopping $77 billion in lost productivity, while another $29 billion comes from treating people for drinking-related health problems. Other costs include alcohol-related deaths, crime and property damage, such as vehicles destroyed in accidents. Another alarming statistic: Costs increased 11% from 2006 to 2010.

The CDC did not give numbers up to 2015.

According to a story on, “about 88,000 Americans die each year due to alcohol-attributable harms, including one in 10 deaths among working-age people aged between 20 and 64 years old.” Fox News put together a video story on the binge drinking study. You can watch it by clicking here or below.


The median state cost was $3.5 billion and ranged from $35.0 billion in California to $488 million in North Dakota. According to the CDC study, the cost in Arizona was just under $6 billion dollars. More than $100 billion of the overall $250 billion dollar cost was paid for by federal and state governments.

Finding ways to curb binge drinking is critical to our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation! Please share your thoughts and ideas on how we might find innovative new ways to battle this growing problem.



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