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Is Your Hangover Hurting the Economy?


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According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your hangover might actually be hurting the economy. CDC Researchers calculated that alcohol consumption costs the United States roughly $2 per drink in “reduced productivity, crime, and the cost of treating people for health problems caused by excessive drinking.” The price tag came close to $250 billion total for just one year.

The study highlights a growing problem: binge drinking is on the rise, upping alcohol-associated costs by $26 million just between 2006 and 2010 alone.

The CDC’s findings are alarming—but in economics, it’s rare for anything to be an open and shut case. As commenters in Reddit’s economics community pointed out, the study didn’t take into account how much alcohol sales adds to the economy.

Pretty sure I stumbled across this is G+, so no to regularly.  Should I?

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There's no shortage of places to find good things nowadays. :)

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