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Prohibition? The Economic Argument

Excessive drinking doesn’t just result in a high bar tab, it also lowers productivity and costs the country billions….

They found that the most significant cost was the lost productivity of hungover workers who either showed up for work barely able to function, or who were unable to show up at all, which cost nearly $90 billion. In total, all forms of lost productivity accounted for about $179 billion of alcohol-related costs. The researchers estimate that the government, and thus taxpayers, cover about 40 percent of the total $250-billion bill.

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