What is Excessive Drinking?

  • The CDC defines excessive drinking as: binge drinking, underage drinking and alcohol use by pregnant women.
  • In Wisconsin, approximately 24% of adults (age 18 or older) report binge drinking in the past 30 days.
  • Most binge drinkers are not alcohol dependent, sometimes called alcoholics.

The annual cost of adult binge drinking in Wisconsin was $3.9 billion annually in 2018.

  • Binge drinking imposes a financial burden of approximately $700 for every man, woman and child living in Wisconsin.
  • Binge drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks for a woman adn 5 or more drinks for a man on one occasion.
  • A standard drink is 12 oz beer, 5 oz wine or 1.5 oz of distilled spirits.

The Burden of Binge Drinking in Wisconsin: this report examines the cost of binge drinking in Wisconsin in 2018. The full report of Burden of Binge Drinking in Wisconsin (PDF) has county-specific reports, arranged alphabetically based on the population and local binge drinking rate and the reported frequency of binge drinking.

The annual cost of excessive alcohol use in Wisconsin was $6.8 billion dollars in 2012.

The Burden of Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin (PDF): this report goes beyond the cost of alcohol-related impaired driving to consider the full range of alcohol-related costs imposed on Wisconsin’s taxpayers and residents.

Following the statewide summary, individual county reports (PDF) (in alphabetical order) summarize the cost to the residents of each county is separate two-page reports. Each county report lists the per-person cost excessive alcohol use imposes on each resident based on local information.

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