What Are the Health Impacts and Economic Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption?

Strengthening the science about the impacts of excessive alcohol consumption

Field of Work: Alcohol consumption

Problem Synopsis: Excessive alcohol consumption is a serious public health problem that has not received the same attention as alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction.

Synopsis of the Work: From 2002 to 2010, the Alcohol Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with research, scientific and technology experts to update surveillance tools and strengthen the science about the health impacts and economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption.

Key Results: Robert Brewer, MD, MSPH, the project director at the CDC Alcohol Program reported these results:

  • The CDC released a new Web-based version of its Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) program, which quantifies the impact of excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Working under a subcontract, the Lewin Group conducted analysis on the economic cost of excessive alcohol consumption which is included in Economic Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption in the United States, 2006: Final Report posted on the Lewin website.
  • Fourteen states included a new Binge Drinking Module in their 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys.

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