Costs related to excessive alcohol use are staggering, he said.
“In a recent binge-drinking study, the Centers for Disease Control found the cost to communities of excessive alcohol use is about $1.90 per drink in the nation — that is $746 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. and includes things like lost productivity, legal costs, law-enforcement costs, jail costs and medical costs,” MacDevitt said.
Prevention Team research has found youth binge drinking closely follows adult habits in Essex County.
Steps taken to curb excessive alcohol use would help reduce a large burden on taxpayers, MacDevitt said.
“If we limit the hours of alcohol sales, we will reduce binge drinking. If we reduce binge drinking, we will reduce alcohol-fueled problems. If we reduce alcohol-fueled problems, we will improve the quality of life in our small towns and the health and safety of all county residents.
“And we will reduce the costs associated with alcohol-fueled problems that continue to burden our taxpayers.”
Binge drinking can be directly linked to impaired driving, violence and sexual assaults.
“Alcohol is now the third-leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., behind tobacco use and poor diet coupled with lack of exercise,” MacDevitt said.
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