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The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the United States - 1992

Table 6.1

Other Effects of Alcohol and Drug Abuse on Society, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Cost Total Alcohol Drugs
Value of Goods and Services
Crime $24,282 $6,312 $17,970
Social welfare $1,020 $683 $337
Motor vehicle crashes $13,619 $13,619 -
Fire destruction $1,590 $1,590 -
Total, Direct Costs $40,511 $22,204 $18,307
Lost Productivity
Victims of crime $3,071 $1,012 $2,059
Incarceration $23,356 $5,447 $17,907
Crime careers $19,198   $19,198
Total, Indirect Costs $45,625 $6,459 $39,164
TOTAL $86,136 $28,663 $57,471

Source: Analysis by The Lewin Group.
Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding. Other costs resulting from alcohol- and drug-related crime, motor vehicle crashes, and fires (e.g., health care costs, premature death) are estimated and reported elsewhere in this report. Estimation of crime-related lost productivity attributed to alcohol and drug abuse is described in chapter 5, section 5.6.


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