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originally posted by: MystikMushroom
a reply to: Sremmos80
Here's a Bloomberg article from just a few days ago showing just how much excessive alcohol consumption costs the USA:
The Centers for Disease Control has put a figure on how much it costs the American economy: $249 billion. That includes spending on health care as well as the economic toll of lost productivity, car crashes, crime, and deaths attributable to excessive alcohol consumption.
$249 billion -- with a "B". To put that in perspective:
Washington spends $92 billion on corporate welfare (excluding TARP) versus $71 billion on homeland security
So American drinking habits are costing nearly 3.5 times more than all this "corporate welfare" that corporations like Walmart get.
But it doesn't end there:
The CDC has previously estimated that one in 10 deaths of working-age Americans are caused by too much drinking.
So a substance that is 100% legal in all 50 states, ingrained into our culture as "acceptable", celebrated, and glamorized is killing 10 percent of us and costing us billions ever year. If that wasn't bad enough, it's apparently on the rise:
The total cost of excessive drinking to the economy is rising. The last time the CDC made a similar calculation, excess drinking was blamed for $224 billion in costs, estimated for 2006. The increase, about 2.7 percent annually from 2006 to 2010, outpaced inflation.
We're slowly drinking ourselves to death. We're throwing back a solvent that kills organic material, made from rotting fruits and vegetables, and costing us all billions and killing a tenth of our population at the same time. Well done, America.
And it's all legal.