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

Table 7.2

Economic Costs of Alcohol Abuse, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Total Cost Abuser and Household Total Government Private Insurance Victims of Abusers
Federal State/Local
HEALTH CARE COSTS

Alcohol treatment - community

$3,609 413 2,323 1,083 1,241 873  

Alcohol treatment - Federal

$437 437 437      

Alcohol prevention

$1,088   1,088 923 165    

Alcohol research, training

$257 257 218 39    

Alcohol treatment insurance admin.

$182 132 62 71 50  

Treatment of comorbidity

$12,611 2,338 5,347 4,048 1,299 4,666 260

Comorbidity insurance admin.

$641   340 257 83 296  
PRODUCTIVITY COSTS
Mortality - PDV1 life earnings @ 6% $31,327 14,580 9,584 5,463 4,121 1,278 5,880
Morbidity - lost earnings $69,209 44,243 24,966 15,861 9,104    
Victims of crime - lost earnings $1,012           1,012
Incarceration - inmate lost earnings $5,449 4,032 1,471 808 609    
Crime career - foregone legit. Earnings -
OTHER EFFECTS ON SOCIETY
Crime - criminal justice system and property $6,312 68 6,216 290 5,926   28
Social welfare administration $683   683 549 134    
Motor vehicle crashes $13,619 1,149 4,390   4,390 6,552 1,531
Fire destruction $1,590         1,431 159
TOTAL $148,021 66,828 57,181 29,999 27,181 15,146 8,870

Source: Analysis by The Lewin Group.
Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding.
1"PDV" refers to the present discounted value of life earnings, calculated using a 6-percent discount rate.


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