Alcohol cost the U.S. economy $77 million in lowered productivity, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control. The study acknowledges that it is an imprecise measurement, since it's probably difficult to convince people to take a random online quiz or phone survey while they're hungover at work. But they also note that they likely low-balled the figure. USA! USA! Fear not, because the CDC recently said that most binge drinkers don't have a physical addiction to alcohol. And while costs to employers and productivity is significant, the total cost to the U.S. economy tops out at $249 billion. That total sum includes things like people going to jail, car crashes, and cops chasing high school kids through backyards when they bust up a party.

Sources: Bloomberg