Excessive drinking cost Minnesotans nearly $8 billion in 2019, according to a new study from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The study found the greatest financial cost fell on those who drink excessively and their families–as well as government and health insurance providers

“A lot of these costs are associated with binge drinking and so that is four or more drinks on an occasion for women or five or more on an occasion for men and binge drinking we found accounted for about 73% of the costs almost three-quarters of the cost.”

The MDH’s Kari Gloppen says most of the costs were calculated through lost productivity, health care costs, and other costs such as those related to criminal justice and motor vehicle crashes. The total financial cost equals $1,383 per Minnesota resident.