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(NEWSER) – A splitting headache is exactly what too much drinking is causing America—both in the people who imbibe and in the US economy.

CDC study says that US employers lost $77 billion in 2010 thanks to workers' impaired productivity due to excessive alcohol abuse—a number that jumps to almost $90 billion once other drinking-induced factors such as absenteeism are pulled into the mix, Bloomberg reports. And the study came up with an even more dire number for alcohol abuse's effect on the US economy overall that same year: $249 billion, a number that includes not only the lost-productivity toll, but also spending on health care, crime, car crashes, and alcohol-caused deaths.

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