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

Table 5.1

Lost Potential Productivity Due to Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Lost Earnings due to: Total Alcohol Drug

Premature death (mortality)

$45,902 $31,327 $14,575

Alcohol and drug abuse illness (morbidity)

$80,911 $66,706 $14,205

Institutionalized/hospital populations

$2,990 $1,513 $1,477

Fetal alcohol syndrome victims

$990 $990 NA

Victims of crime

$3,071 $1,012 $2,059


$23,356 $5,449 $17,907

Crime careers

$19,198 - $19,198
Total $176,418 $106,997 $69,421

Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding. Mortality estimates use the present discounted value of expected lifetime productivity, discounted by 6 percent.

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