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Huge liquor tab: Excessive drinking costs Minnesota $8 billion a year

Study by Health Department researchers tallied the costs of problem drinking in the state


August 12, 2022

David Joles, Star Tribune

Excessive drinking costs Minnesota nearly $8 billion a year, according to a newly published study by Minnesota Department of Health researchers.

Minnesotans run up an annual tab of nearly $8 billion in costs associated with excess drinking, according to a study published this week by researchers from the Minnesota Department of Health. That amounts to nearly $1,400 for every resident of the state.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is believed to be the first to calculate the costs of drinking for a single state.

"I see this study as a way we can educate everybody about the fact that excessive drinking is really costly," said Kari Gloppen, a senior research scientist with the department and the state's alcohol epidemiologist.


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