Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/19/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Loss of worker productivity due to alcohol-related causes carries steep price

If you imbibe alcoholic beverages, there's comes a point where you've had a little too much to drink. Feeling hungover and sick, so you call in, or roll into work and perform below your normal expectations. The United States is picking up the tab for your drinks - at the cost of $223 billion dollars a  year. Lost worker productivity due to alcohol abuse is costing the U.S. Plenty.

The United States is picking up the tab for your drinks - at the cost of $223 billion dollars a  year. Lost worker productivity due to alcohol abuse is costing the U.S. Plenty.

The United States is picking up the tab for your drinks - at the cost of $223 billion dollars a year. Lost worker productivity due to alcohol abuse is costing the U.S. Plenty.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/19/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Alcohol, alcoholism, hangover, job productivity, study


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a complicated analysis of different costs associated with excessive drinking, researchers looked at results from around the  U.S. There were a lot of variables in different parts of the country, but the numbers add up to a very expensive habit.
 
"The economic cost of excessive drinking was about $223.5 billion in 2006, which works out to be about $1.90 per drink, and over $700 per person," Robert Brewer, MD, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
The high cost of alcohol abuse include health care, the expense of prosecuting drinking-related crimes and property damage from road accidents. However - Brewer stresses that the biggest expense relates to lost job productivity. Employees with drinking problems tend to have lower-paying jobs, tend to be more absent and be less productive when they are on the job.


"In addition to that, a number of people die of alcohol-attributable conditions," Brewer says. "And many of those folks die in the prime of their life. So there's the personal tragedy there. But there's also a huge economic cost to somebody dying, for example, in an alcohol-related motor vehicle crash at age 35 which eliminates several decades of the victim's working life."

 
It should be reiterated that this study concerns the costs of excessive alcohol use - and not the occasional beer or a glass of wine with dinner. Most of the costs, Brewer says, stem from binge drinking. 
Brewer adds that binge drinking is not limited to the U.S. Many other countries have problems with what the World Health Organization calls "harmful use of alcohol." The exact dollar impact may be different. 
"But I think that it is very reasonable to assume that harmful alcohol use is going to result in some of the same consequences in other countries, even if the costs associated with those consequences are different," Brewer said.


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Health

Are you being safe? The dangers lying in powdered caffeine Watch

Image of Powdered caffeine can be lethal.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

One teaspoon of pure caffeine powder is the equivalent of 28 cups of coffee, making it dangerous for consumption. Warning letters have been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to 5 pure caffeine powder distributors to prevent more powdered ... continue reading


Breast Cancer in Men: More men having double mastectomies Watch

Image of Male breast cancer accounts for 1 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Males have a much lower risks of developing breast cancer. How men are treated -compared to female patients- is now under research after one study stated that the number of men opting for double mastectomies have nearly doubled. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


OLD HEARTS: Many Americans have hearts older than their chronological age Watch

Image of Many Americans have an old, old heart . and while this sounds like the lyric to a country western song, it's a biological fact for many.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many Americans have an old, old heart... and while this sounds like the lyric to a country western song, it is a biological fact for many. A new study says that three out of four Americans' hearts are older than their chronological age. This sobering medical fact means ... continue reading


Deadly amoeba kills 14-year-old Olympic hopeful Watch

Image of Michael Riley Jr., three-time Junior Olympic qualifier posing with his medals.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Three-time Junior Olympics qualifier Michael Riley passed away last Sunday after a short battle with a rare brain infection. His family says they will pursue a campaign for a better understanding of the disease to honor the short, but well-lived, life of the teen. ... continue reading


Federal guidelines for school lunches: Does it really make a difference? Watch

Image of More food was wasted after federal guidelines requiring healthier options was enacted.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Even if school trays are loaded up with fruits and vegetables during lunchtime, kids are not actually eating them. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Healthier lunches have been required in schools in accordance to federal guidelines, but children remain ... continue reading


Orthorexia: The third major eating disorder Watch

Image of Over-restricting yourself can lead to malnutrition.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Obsessions with healthy eating could yield dangerous results, due to the lack of essential minerals and vitamins. An eating disorder called orthorexia may be silently leading avid nutrition fans toward malnutrition and even death. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


Bloodstream swimming 'fish' delivers drugs and detects toxins in human body Watch

Image of Microfish glow red in the presence of toxins.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Microfish, 3D-printed microbots have been developed at the University of California San Diego. The "smart" microbots were created to swim through bloodstreams to deliver drugs to specified places in the body. They can also sense and remove toxins. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Does self-control end up hurting you? New research pinpoints its negative affects Watch

Image of The brain activates different sections depending on stimulus.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a test involving 120 images of faces, a new study claims self-discipline is negatively affecting our ability to recall information. Researchers hope the new findings will help develop treatments for certain conditions like ADHD and addiction. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES ... continue reading


LIVING SICK: Global life expectancy increases faster than healthy life expectancy Watch

Image of Misao Okawa, the oldest woman in the world at 117-years-old.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study shows that men and women across the world are living an average of six years longer than they did 25 years ago. Even in some of the world's least developed countries, life expectancy is rising. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Healthy life ... continue reading


Are people who worry more creative? New study links neuroticism, daydreaming and creativity Watch

Image of [Photo by: Shutterstock]

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Neurotic people tend to be more anxious and sensitive toward matters that don't usually concern people. Psychologist and self-proclaimed neurotic, Adam Perkins believes there is a link between neuroticism, creativity and daydreaming. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Colossians 1:15-20
15 He is the image of the unseen God, the first-born ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 100:1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1 [Psalm For thanksgiving] Acclaim Yahweh, all the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:33-39
33 They then said to him, 'John's disciples are ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 4th, 2015 Image

St. Rosalia
September 4: St. Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter