Hangovers Cost US Economy $160B That's $1.37 per drink: CDC By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jul 5, 2013 4:32 PM CDT 41 comments Comments Someone got a little too excited about the fireworks last night. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A new CDC study reveals something that won't come as any surprise to those of you who celebrated a little too hard yesterday: Hangovers cost us quite a bit when it comes to productivity. The CDC estimates that, overall, heavy drinking costs the US economy a whopping $220 billion ($1.90 per drink) every year. Since 72% of that is in lost workplace productivity, the Atlantic reports that hangovers account for $160 billion of the costs ($1.37 per drink). For a bit of context, $160 billion is also the amount natural catastrophes cost us last year.