The total economic cost of alcohol use disorder has been estimated to be $249 billion according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1, $27 billion of which has been accounted for healthcare costs2. The CDC projects the economic impact to society is about $807 per person, per year.3

 

Alcohol use disorder also impacts the economy through work force disruptions caused by tardiness, absenteeism, employee turnover and conflict in the workplace. It causes a reduction in potential employees, customer and taxpayer bases.4

 

According to the CDC, alcohol use was directly tied to 95,000 deaths annually between 2011 and 2015. This was more than all illicit substances combined. The CDC estimates that alcohol-attributed disease resulted in almost 685,000 years of potential life lost for the same period.

 

This chart shows the years of potential life lost (YPLL) related directly or indirectly to alcohol use disorder:

Cause

YPLL

Total YPLL

>2.7 million

100% alcohol attributed disease

684,750

Suicide

334,058

Motor vehicle crashes

323,610

Liver disease

202,391

Heart disease

118,021

Cancer

88,729

 

If you need assistance connecting your patients to opioid, substance use or alcohol use disorder treatment, contact your Anthem health plan.

 

1 Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019 https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/features/excessive-drinking.html

2 National Institute on Drug Use, 2018 https://archives.drugabuse.gov/trends-statistics/costs-substance-abuse

3 Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019

4 National Institute on Drug Use, 2018

 

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