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CDC Says Binge Drinking Puts Economic Burden On States

From the crimes committed by people who are drunk to the health problems and lost work productivity associated with binge drinking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says excessive use puts a huge economic burden on states. In Arizona, the CDC's Doctor Robert Brewer estimates the cost at more than $5 billion dollars in 2006 alone – or almost two dollars per drink consumed in the state.
 
Brewer says raising the cost of alcohol could be one way to curb the problem – although in many states, raising liquor taxes prompts opponents to compare lawmakers' efforts to Prohibition.
 

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