According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking is costing this country about $224 billion!
How could a few too many beers be costing us that much money?
The majority of it is due to lack of work place productivity (72%), while health care costs made up 11% of the figure, 9% was from the criminal justice cost, and 6% was due to drunk driving related crashes.
Individually, the study found it cost the average American $742 a year to get wasted on the weekends.
If you live in a major city like El Lay or New York where a single beer can cost you as much as a six pack, we'd go ahead and double that figure!
The research lead CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden to release a statement, saying:
"This research captures the reality that binge drinking means binge spending, not just for the person who drinks but for families, communities, and society. There are substantial costs to all of us in health care, the workplace, and criminal justice systems. Responsible individual behavior combined with the effective policies can decrease unhealthy drinking, reduce health care and other costs, and increase productivity."
We're not sure how the CDC can convince America not to drink as much, but once the economy picks up people will have one less reason to drown their sorrows with alcohol!