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Sobering statistic: The hidden business cost of hangovers

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Binge drinking and the resulting hangovers cost U.S. employers $77 million in lost productivity at work, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Writing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, CDC scientists stated, “It is clear that excessive alcohol consumption is very expensive.”

The study, based on 2010 data, concluded that excessive alcohol consumption—five or more drinks in one sitting or more than 15 per week—costs the nation $250 million per year overall.

Hey, it could have been worse. The study noted, “Had the recession not occurred, the cost of excessive drinking in 2010 might have been even higher than estimated in this study, given the significant reduction in labor force participation that occurred as a result of the recession, and the significant contribution of productivity losses to the total cost of excessive drinking.”

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