Alcohol abuse costs Wisconsin $6.8 billion a year - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Alcohol abuse costs Wisconsin $6.8 billion a year

Posted:

MADISON (WKOW) -- A new report says Wisconsin spends more money each year on alcohol abuse than on education.

$6.8 billion is the annual cost of alcohol abuse in health care, lost productivity, crime and premature death, according to the study by the non-profit group, 'Health First Wisconsin'.

The group used a national study of the estimated economic cost of alcohol abuse and Wisconsin's proportion of binge drinkers to reach its findings.

"Changing our culture is hard. It will be difficult. But the cost to stand idly by on the sidelines is far too great. We must demand change, and we must move Wisconsin forward," said study presenter Dr. Jeff Pothof of UW Hospital and Clinics.

The report also highlighted the fact that Wisconsin's alcohol tax collections pale in comparison to the enormous costs to businesses and taxpayers.

In 2011, Wisconsin collected $69 million in alcohol taxes, merely 1 percent of the $6.8 billion in economic costs attributed to excessive alcohol use.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact News Director Dan Schillinger at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.