list of worst states for binge drinking
January 21, 2012
out that Ohioans can really throw ‘em back, and that’s bad news for
federal report shows that nearly 20 percent of Ohioans 18 and older
binge drink, which for men means consuming five or more alcoholic
a short period, and for women, four or more.
ninth in the U.S. for highest rate of binge drinkers. Wisconsin led the
with nearly 26 percent of adults who binge drink, and Utah reported the
rate with about 11 percent, according to the Centers for Disease
Prevention, which compiled the report.
U.S., more than 38 million adults binge drink.
the economy, there are more people stressed out and medicating
through alcohol,” said Peter Ambrose, regional vice president of
health operations for WellPoint Medical Management, which is part of
Cross and Blue Shield — which has local operations — is a subsidiary of
increased odds for injury and death caused by automobile accidents,
and suicide, drinking has expensive consequences for the overall
expenses tied to drinking hit $223.5 million, and of that, 70 percent
blamed on losses in workplace productivity, the report said.
companies provide help for employees addicted to drugs or alcohol, and
who do not could open themselves up to higher insurance premiums, more
workers’ compensation claims and productivity and product losses.
employees skip work altogether after a night of drinking, others who do
are less prepared or focused on their job — a capacity sometimes called
“presenteeism.” And those presentees could present more risk to their
certain professions — more blue collar — where it can affect
workers, for instance, could injure themselves or others on the job
after binge drinking the night before, which could result in more
compensation claims and product losses.
employees with family members addicted to drugs or alcohol could prove
“If my wife
suffers from substance abuse, if I’m at work, I’m thinking of her,”
down economy has forced more Americans to binge drink, it also has
employers to look seriously at their employee benefits. Ambrose said
health coverage, which includes drug and alcohol addiction treatment,
comes under fire.
more asking for solutions to help deal with problems, and (mental
benefits) is one of the top three areas they try to look at,” to lower
premiums, Ambrose said, but he often talks employers out of it.
wise and pound foolish,” he said. “I tell them, ‘Don’t shortchange
For every $1 you save, you’ll lose $20.’ ”
recent report, by UnitedHealthcare — parent of UnitedHealth Group
which has a regional headquarters in West Chester — put Ohio’s binge
more in the middle of the pack, ranking in No. 34 in the U.S., based on
number of adults who said they drank excessively in the last 30 days.
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