A new study estimates that binge drinking costs the United States economy $250 billion each year. Our bad, everyone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that binge drinking (defined as four or more drinks, LOL) negatively affected productivity, accrued criminal-justice fees, and increased hospital bills. We could have told you that.
Shockingly, the study found that the legal and medical fees weren't even the biggest culprit. The biggest loss to society came from extremely fucking horrible hangovers. Like the kind of hangover that you either call out sick or sleep under your desk all day. So every Friday.
These hangovers are costing taxpayers and our lovely government an estimated $90 billion each year. Honestly, whose productivity on a normal day is that much better than a hungover performance, though?
Whatever, let's go to happy hour.