The Many Costs of Alcohol Problems
Problem drinking is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing
85,000 Anericans every year and costing our economy $185 billion a year. Alcohol problems not
only hurt the problem drinker, they impact the entire community.
Learn How Alcohol Abuse Affects the Work Place:
The misuse of alcohol and alcoholism affects employees from every industry. It’s estimated
that American employers lose $134 billion in productivity every year, often because problem drinkers
miss more days of work than their co-workers. Employers also face increases in company health care
costs from the medical claims of problem drinkers. Fortunately, there are ways that employers can
reduce their costs and find solutions to help their employees.
Below, is an alcohol cost calculator developed by Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, a part of
The George Washington University Medical Center. The calculator will help your business estimate what
alcohol problems are currently costing you and offers suggestions on how your company can reduce its
costs while helping employees overcome their issues with alcohol by offering treatment options.
Learn How Alcohol Abuse Affects the Community:
- Treating alcohol abuse reduces business costs. See how investing in alcohol treatment plans
can enhance your Return on Investment.
- Learn how health plan costs are affected by alcohol misuse and how you can help beneficiaries
with their drinking problems.
- Underage drinking causes countless school problems, car accidents, crimes, acts of violence
and deaths each year. Learn how many children in your state and community have serious
problems with alcohol.
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