According to the Annual Economic Impact of Alcohol in Florida and the Annual Economic Impact of Drugs in Florida (studies which analyzed the economic costs of alcohol and drug misuse and abuse in Florida), consequences from alcohol and other drugs impact individuals, their families and entire communities (Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) and the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation). There is a link between alcohol and drug misuse and abuse and adverse events, such as traffic accidents. Some of the key points depicted in the studies are listed below:
- Over 9 billion drinks are consumed in Florida each year.
- 6,276 deaths occur annually due to alcohol misuse and abuse in Florida.
- 4,368 deaths occur annually due to drug misuse and abuse in Florida.
- Approximately 3% of Florida’s Gross Domestic Product is spent on adverse events caused by alcohol misuse and abuse and another 3% respectively on drug misuse and abuse.
State of Florida Economic Costs of Adverse Events of Alcohol Misuse and Abuse
|Areas of Adverse Events of Alcohol||Costs|
|Direct Illnesses from Alcohol||$572,683,320|
|Illnesses Attributed to Alcohol||$452,784,647|
|Alcohol Related Neurological Disorders/||$432,045,575|
|Fetal Alcohol Syndrome|
|Quality of Life||$3,658,397,626|
State of Florida Economic Costs of Adverse Events of Drug Misuse and Abuse
|Areas of Adverse Events of Drugs||Costs|
|Direct Illnesses from Drugs||$97,102,980|
SOURCE: Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association and the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation
Cost of Underage Drinking in Florida in 2010
|Category||Cost in Millions|
|Youth Traffic Crashes||$458.10|
|High Risk Sex (ages 14-20)||$263.50|
|Youth Property Crime||$386.60|
|Poisonings and Psychoses||$31.10|
|FAS Among Mothers Age 15-20||$54.60|
|Youth Alcohol Treatment||$71.90|