Excessive drinking costs the American economy more than $220 billion a year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which is enough to really make you need a drink.
The fine folks over at the Atlantic have calculated this out to costing the economy about $1.90 a drink. Seventy-two percent of that $220 billion loss — around $160 billion — comes from lost productivity at work (oh, you thought you could handle it on a weeknight? Riiiight.)
But don't blame yourselves, America, you tired, weak, hungover masses, yearning to be free of your headaches. About 15 percent of the binge-drinking public is responsible for around 75 percent of the total economic costs of drinking.