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

Table 7.4

Original and Adjusted Estimates of the Cost of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1975-1992 (billions of dollars)

Year of Estimate Alcohol Drugs
Original Adjusted Original Adjusted
1975 42.8 146.0 10.3 35.0
1977 49.4 140.0 16.4 46.0
1980 89.5 186.0 49.4 102.0
1985 70.3 104.0 44.1 65.0
1992 148.0 148.0 97.7 97.7

Source: 1975 alcohol: Berry et al. (1977); 1975 drugs: Rufener et al. (1977); 1977 drugs and alcohol: Cruze et al. (1981); 1980 drugs and alcohol: Harwood et al. (1984); 1985 drugs and alcohol: Rice et al. (1990); 1992 drugs and alcohol: analysis by The Lewin Group.
Note: Original estimates are adjusted to 1992 values based on inflation and population change between the original year of the estimate and 1992. Inflation change is a weighted average employment compensation index (80 percent), medical consumer price index (10 percent), and general consumer price index (10 percent).


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