In national news:

The CDC released figures on the annual cost of “excessive” alcohol consumption in the United States. Overall, the agency reports that excessive and binge drinking cost the country $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006. Loss of workplace productivity is by far the largest consequence associated with excessive alcohol consumption – to the tune of $179 billion a year nationally, or about 72 percent. Louisiana’s portion of the nation’s tab was equal to $3.4 billion in 2010 ($1.91 per drink.) Binge drinking (defined as more than four drinks per occasion for women and more than five for men) was responsible for 83.3 percent of the state’s drinking cost, compared to a 76.7 percent U.S. average. The latest figures were released by the CDC late last week.

Read the study in full here, the CDC release here, and local coverage from the Advocate here.

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