In the United States alone, excessive alcohol consumption accounts for 79,000 deaths, making it the third-leading preventable cause of death in the country. A recent study was conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on the cost of excessive alcohol consumption. In 1998, alcohol consumption cost the United States $184.6 billion every year. However, this cost has increased to $223.5 billion in 2006.
To access the findings of the study, which were featured in the January/February 2012 issue of Research into Action, click here.