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Binge Drinking Places Burden On States

Binge Drinking Places Burden On States

Excessive alcohol use puts a huge economic burden on states. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – from crimes committed by people who are drunk to health problems and lost work productivity associated with binge drinking. In Virginia, Dr. Robert Brewer, the CDCs alcohol program leader, says it creates a huge burden on the state. They have estimated the cost at more than $5 billion in 2006 alone – or almost $2 per drink consumed in the state. The report defines binge drinking as consuming five or more drinks on an occasion for men, or four or more drinks for women. The report is online at www.ajpmonline.org.