Alcohol addiction can be deadly, this we know. But it also has a devastating impact on the national economy of the United States. According to a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control, extreme drinking cost the U.S. economy $249 billion in 2010 – that works out to $2.05 per drink. Results show substantially higher numbers when compared to 2006 when alcohol consumption costs were $223.5 billion –that’s an 11 percent jump over four years. These figures show that beyond the individual physical costs that alcohol addiction brings, there is also a heavy societal price to be paid for addictive behavior.


Let’s take a look at some stats:

  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • More than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol addiction, creating potential behavioral problems in the infant who would need to be medically treated later on in life.
  • Another highly recurring disease that affects people who abuse alcohol is cirrhosis –or liver disease. In 2013, of the 71,713 total liver disease deaths among individuals aged 12 and older, 46.4 percent involved alcohol abuse.

All these statistics could be brought down significantly if more people addicted to alcohol were given the opportunity to change. Seeking treatment is the first step toward recovering your life and becoming not only someone who can lead a healthy lifestyle, but also a person who can help others in their recovery.


Alcohol abuse hurts families: Nearly everyone who has fallen victim to alcohol addiction has suffered damage to the relationships in their family. One consequence is verbal and physical abuse that targets family members such as the spouse, children, or other relatives. This can lead to family separations. Many times one of the parents will abandon their families for alcoholism, leaving the other parent in charge of the children and thus negatively affecting the household economy. Furthermore, children living in a home with an alcoholic can experience lower grades, higher rates of depression, and frequently feel socially isolated.

When abused over a period of time, the risk of alcohol-related psychological damage increases. Studies find a correlation between psychological disorders and alcohol abuse. People might initially start drinking alcohol out of depression but eventually the alcohol itself can become the reason for depression: Alcohol abuse can begin a deathly cycle of depression and anxiety disorders.

This cycle of anxiety disorders will ultimately not only affect the person addicted to alcohol, but other family members as well. According to the World Health Organization, included in the impact of habitual drinking on family life is the consequence that such drinking can result in substantial mental health problems for other family members. This can also effect and economic toll.


Excessive drinking impairs the individual’s functioning in various social roles, creating a clear correlation between alcoholism and many social ills. For example:

  • There is a high correlation between alcohol addiction and high rates of absenteeism in the workplace.
  • Work productivity greatly decreases when a person is under the influence, affecting the company in the long run.
  • A strong correlation exists between alcoholism and violent crime rates in neighborhoods.
  • Alcohol abuse impairs good judgement, and so is often connected to unprotected sexual activity.

Another significant problem related to alcohol addiction is unemployment. There is a causal association between heavy drinking and unemployment. People who are unemployed may look for solace in alcohol. However, this association may go both ways since the unemployed person who suffers from a drinking problem will have a tough time getting accepted at a job. Often a stigma will follow heavy drinkers which can affect everything from their ability to find employment to how they are perceived by society in general.


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US Centers for Disease Control https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/excessive-drinking-gives-economy-249-billion-headache-cdc-says-n445901 Retrieved March 31

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics Retrieved March 31

World Health Organization https://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/globalstatusreportalcohol2004_socproblems.pdf Retrieved March 31

Excessive Drinking: A Drain to the American Economy