From the July 1978 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Costs Counted in Billions

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BOSTON, MASS.--The cost of smoking and alcohol abuse in the United States has reached nearly $60,000,000,000 a year, about 25% of the total cost of all illnesses, according to a survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Each alcoholic costs the country's economy nearly $5,000 a year, and each person who smokes too much costs $459, according to Dr. Stuart O. Schweitzer and...

-- AP