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

Table 6.16

Alcohol and Drug Abuse-Related Social Welfare Expenditures, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Direct Human Services
Total Social Insurance:
OASDI, SSI
Public Aid:
AFDC, Food Stamps
Child Welfare, Foster Care, Adoption Svcs. Head Start, Voc. Rehab., Special Ed.
Total Expenditures $346,550 $126,190 $179,370 $2,700 $6,990

Proportion alcohol and drug abuse-caused

3.3% 1.7% 4.1% 3.3% 3.3%

Total Alcohol and drug abuse-caused welfare expenditures

$11,403 $2,206 $8,856 $111 $231

Transfer costs as percent of total

91.7% 94.3% 93.6% 56.5% 0%

Alcohol costs

$6,963 $1,388 $5,533 $42 $0

Drugs costs

$3,420 $689 $2,711 $21 $0

Subtotal transfer costs due to alcohol and drug abuse

$10,383 $2,077 $8,244 $63 $0

Administrative/service costs as percent of total

8.3% 5.7% 6.4% 43.5% 100%

Alcohol costs

$683 $84 $378 $32 $155

Drugs costs

$337 $41 $186 $16 $76
Total Administrative and Direct Service Costs $1,020 $130 $612 $48 $231

Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding. Of total costs for transfer, administrative, and total expenditures, 67 percent are attributed to alcohol and 33 percent are attributed to drug abuse.


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