The economic cost of alcohol abuse and alcoholism for the year 1971 is estimated to be nearly 25.4 billion dollars. An extensive survey reflects an effort to integrate principles of economic cost estimation and quantitative data on the relationship between alcohol consumption and social behavior with adverse cost consequences. The authors identify seven major areas of potentially significant economic cost: (1) Lost production costs; (2) Motor vehicle accident costs; (3) Health care costs; (4) Alcoholism program and research costs; (5) Costs to the criminal justice system; (6) Costs due to fire; and (7) Costs to the social welfare system. It is predicted that as alcoholism research data and related knowledge are expanded, cost estimates will be further refined and probably increased.

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  • Authors:
    • Berry, REJ
    • Boland, J P
  • Publication Date: 1974-3-31

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  • Pagination: 173 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00091881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: HSM-42-73-114
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1976 12:00AM