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
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.

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Chatsworth
Jul 8, 2013 6:56 PM CDT
Boozing it up can be really bad for a person,The media should abolish the practice of glorifying binges and bar hopping.Going out drinking can be a life ending event.
Truther
Jul 8, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
The treatment a lot of us have gotten at the hands of the "job creators" has driven us to drink as the only legal, non-prescription way to effectively dull the abject misery created by our jobs. When they announced random drug tests at my last place of employment I thought "we should be REQUIRED to be high to work here."
Scott603
Jul 7, 2013 4:21 PM CDT
So.... the bottom 50% of America shares 2.5% of the nations wealth, works for minimum wage, and if they get cancer or a brain tumor, unlike people in every other first world nation, they will simply die (the ER will not give you $100,000 of brain surgery, or chemo). The six members of the Walton family who own Walmart, have more money than 130,000,000 other Americans put together, but they want you to not drink, or do anything fun that might hurt your productivity, because they desperately need more cash.