Underage drinking in US costs £5bn a year in medical costsBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7555.1412-d (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1412
- Roger Dobson
The medical cost of underage drinking in the United States exceed $5bn (£2.7bn; €4bn) a year, a new report says.
The total societal cost is $62bn, say the authors of the report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol (2006:67:519-28).
“Put into perspective, the total cost to society of underage drinking translates to $3 per illegal drink, of which $1 is for medical spending, property damage, work losses, and other resource costs,” write the authors, whose research was partly supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.