Utah pays some of the highest costs for binge drinking ills

States are paying a high cost for binge drinking, including deaths and property damages from fire and highway crashes, increased crime, lost worker productivity and chronic health problems. A study released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that excessive alcohol use cost states and the District of Columbia an average of $2.9 billion in 2006 — ranging from $420 million in North Dakota to $32 billion in California. Costs in Utah totaled $1.5 billion. This means the m...

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