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Excessive drinking carries massive price tag in Wisconsin

Report claims a staggering cost of $6.8 billion a year in the state

6:57 PM, Mar. 23, 2013
Beer on a bar in Neenah, Wisconsin on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Sharon Cekada/Post-Crescent Media
Beer on a bar in Neenah, Wisconsin on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Sharon Cekada/Post-Crescent Media
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By its very title, the study painted a less-than-rosy picture for Wisconsin.

"The Burden of Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin" was released last week by Health First Wisconsin and its partners. It was billed as the state's first-ever comprehensive report detailing the costs of excessive alcohol use.

The study estimated that excessive alcohol use costs $6.8 billion a year in Wisconsin, or approximately $1,200 a person. That figure eclipses the state's Department of Public Instruction budget of $6.2 billion, the study pointed out. ...

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