This is how much money you lose to drinking over the holidays

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By most accounts, young people are drinking less. That isn’t to say more young people are leaning towards abstinence however, as the trend more accurately indicates one of moderation. Commentators love remarking upon a certain youthful antipathy toward dichotomies applied to matters of the mind-this extends to recreational substance use as well. Instead of choosing between Orson Welles and Mother Theresa, they instead chose to opt a here and there policy. A digital record of what happens to those that live in excess seems to be encouraging this philosophy. 

“Control has become a key watchword for today’s younger drinkers… their nights out are documented through photos, videos, and posts across social media where it is likely to remain for the rest of their lives. Over-drinking is, therefore, something many seek to avoid,” said Jonny Forsyth, global food-and-drink analyst at market-research firm Mintel.

The internet isn’t the only keeper of burn books.  A new massive survey of 3,000 drinkers conducted by Laguna Treatment Hospital revealed that Americans have lost over $190 in personal possessions over the course of a year after drinking too much alcohol, which roughly translates to the cost of about 128 cans of beer.

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According to Forbes, 25% of the $49-billion-a-year distilled booze industry’s earnings come from the months between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Increased binge drinking, the exchanging of expensive gifts, and more cars on the road are quite the trinity, saying nothing of the blossom of people that drink more during the holidays because of abject loneliness. 

Thirty-two percent of the respondents in Laguna’s new poll confessed to losing their phones during benders with the most frequency, followed by keys (29%), cash (17%), jewelry (12%), and wallets (12%.)  An additional and unfortunate 4% have actually forgotten where they live, alongside a separate 8% that have lost sentimental items while blacked out. The authors add, “It’s easy to forget the words ‘drink responsibly’ while enjoying a night out on the town – especially when you’re struggling to remember much else, like your name or where you live! To many American adults, this may sound familiar and somewhat amusing, but in fact, consuming large quantities of alcohol can be extremely dangerous and result in memory lapse, blackouts, and loss of important personal possessions such as your wallet, phone, ID and house keys.”

Forty-percent of all of the drinkers surveyed believe that the onus is on their friends to make sure that they’re OK when they’re over the eight. More male respondents co-signed this than female respondents (47% versus 33%). Seventy-four percent of said friends will do as much as hiding car keys.  Despite this purported understanding, one in 10 of the surveyees, (male and female alike) admitted that they have lost friendships as a direct result of a boozy night out.  Seven percent of this same group had to use either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, the next day to piece together what happened the night before. For a quarter of the sample, this discovery led to serious pangs of shame and guilt.

After all the interviews were completed, the authors put together an interactive map that allowed readers to determine who spent and lost the most on behalf of a wallop. As it turns out, North Dakota is in the lead by an impressive margin. In addition to securing the highest binge drinking statistics in the country, the average North Dakotan also loses $380 in valuables because of booze a year.  Maine expressed the lowest figure at $118 annually.

“Drinking too much can result in serious danger to your safety as you are more likely to misplace possessions containing your personal information, such as your phone or wallet, commented Dr. Paul Little, who is the medical director for Laguna Treatment Hospital. “If someone’s drinking leads you to believe they may have an alcohol addiction, it is important to refer them to a treatment facility that offers emotional and clinical support that can lead them on the path to recovery.”