Healthcare Spending Attributable to Modifiable Risk Factors in the USA

The objective of this study is to quantify health-care spending attributable to modifiable risk factors, including alcohol, in the United States for 2016.
In total, alcohol use causes $36.5 billion every year in health-care spending, out of US$ 730. 4 billion healthcare spending due to modifiable risk factors – a sum that could largely be avoided through alcohol policy solutions. The study shows that alcohol use is among the three behavioral risk factors that receive little total healthcare spending but cause large fraction of the attributable health burden. The study also shows that alcohol contributes costs across the biggest number of health conditions and that alcohol use has a massive effect on the younger population, causing major costs in the age groups 20 to 44 and 45 to 64 – which are the ages when people are economically productive, but alcohol harm is jeopardizing economic acitivty.