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How Do Untreated Alcohol Problems Affect Productivity and Health Care Costs?

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California

Submitted Industry: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting.

Population submitted: 9,000

Population (including 14,490 dependents): 23,490

How Do Untreated Alcohol Problems Affect
Productivity and Health Care Costs?

When left untreated, alcohol problems among employees increase absenteeism, reduce productivity and make it more difficult for coworkers to do their jobs. One survey found that 20 percent of workers say they have been injured, had to cover for a coworker, or needed to work harder because of other employees' drinking. Untreated alcohol problems also increase health care costs among employees and their family members.

The impact and cost of untreated alcohol problems extend far beyond the workplace.

Emergency Room
Excess # of ER Visits Total Excess ER Costs Excess Cost Per Person w/ Problem
Alcohol Abuse or Dependence 90 $107,548 $161
Hospitalizations
Excess # of Days in Hospital Total Excess Hospital Costs Excess Cost Per Person w/ Problem
Alcohol Abuse or Dependence (Click for Note)
Note: While individuals with alcohol problems report lower hospital costs than people without alcohol problems, it is interesting to note that there are significant differences in utilization and costs within this population. Workers with alcohol dependence (alcoholism) are responsible for annual excess hospital costs of $500 each, while workers with alcohol abuse have hospital costs that are $636 less than other individuals.
-180 $-957,361 $-514
Total ER and Hospital Costs
Total ER and Hospital Costs Total ER and Hospital Costs Per Person w/ Problem
Alcohol Abuse or Dependence $-849,813 $-457
Costs of Missed Work Days, at an Hourly Cost of $11.10
Number with Problem Excess days lost per month Total excess days lost per year Cost of excess days per year Cost per person per year
Alcohol Abuse or Dependence 667 834 10,008 $888,710 $1,332

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