We meant to print this last week but time got away from us, as it often does. So here it is anyway. Maybe the Week of Heavy Hangovers is an even better time for its message.
When you set out to celebrate the New Year give a thought to what your drinks cost. Not just the jumped up holiday price you pay in your friendly local gin mill, but the cost to society. According to a study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every shot of heavy drinking by anybody costs society $2 for items like treatment for cirrhosis of the liver and other drink-related ailments, damages from drink-related auto crashes, lost hours of work, costs of jailing drunk drivers and crimes of alcohol related violence. They estimate the total cost — paid by all of us — is some $224 billion annually.
So Happy New Year!