Excessive alcohol use cost Louisiana $3.4 billion in 2010, mostly through reduced workplace productivity, crime and the cost of treating the resulting health problems.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also shows excessive drinking killed an average of 1,475 Louisiana residents a year from 2006 to 2010. Excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for 88,000 deaths nationwide each year, and one in 10 deaths among Americans ages 20 to 64.
Excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006, the CDC said.
Binge drinking, defined as drinking five or more drinks on one occasion for men or four or more drinks on one occasion for women, was responsible for most of these costs (77 percent). Two of every five dollars of costs — over $100 billion — were paid by governments.