Report: The Annual Catastrophe of Alcohol in California
 

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Report: The Annual Catastrophe of Alcohol in California

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Landmark study

Marin Institute has conducted a landmark research study, estimating the total annual cost of alcohol problems in the state of California. The results include deaths, incidents, and economic costs to individuals and to society. We calculated the annual costs to the health care and criminal justice systems, the lost productivity from deaths, illness, and injury, and the reduced quality of life. Our findings indicate that moderate-to-high alcohol consumption in California requires serious and immediate attention.

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The price tag for alcohol in California

  • The total economic cost of alcohol use is $38 billion annually
  • This translates to roughly $1000 per California resident or $3,000 per family each year
  • This also translates to a cost of $2.80 per drink consumed, while current alcohol excise taxes equal only 8 cents per drink

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How alcohol causes death in California


• Total number of lives lost each year to alcohol use is 9,439
One person dies every hour due to alcohol use
The total number of incidents related to alcohol use is over 920,000
There are 100 incidents (injuries, crimes, highrisk sex, etc.) every hour due to alcohol use








EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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California Data
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Santa Clara Data
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Graphic Highlights
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Los Angeles Data
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CA Cost Report - Documentary Film
Graphic Highlights
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Los Angeles Data
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Entire Report Package 4.75 Mb

The Cost of Alcohol to California (slide presentation) 2.83 Mb