Alcoholism's Drain On The Economy May Be Deeper Than Ever

The economic costs of alcoholism are growing. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, such costs--estimated at about $128 billion in 1986--will hit $150 billion by 1995, assuming drinking patterns remain constant. Although more than half of this is because of lost employment and reduced productivity, the medical bill is also high: Health care costs for untreated alcoholics are double those of nonalcoholics.

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