Prevention doesn’t only happen on an individual level, it also focuses on creating environments that support healthy behavior. The Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming conducted a Value of Prevention Study on the potential cost savings from delaying youth alcohol use in Wyoming.
- Alcohol use disorders are one of the most common use disorder in the United States.
- In 2010, the societal cost of alcohol use disorders to Wyoming was approximately $843 million.
- It is estimated that the potential cost savings realized by prevention of a single alcohol use disorder to be $313,700.
Since 2001, Wyoming communities have pursued a comprehensive approach to preventing underage drinking using mostly evidence-based strategies that impact the entire population.
- In 2014, we estimate 389 cases of future alcohol use disorders were avoided due to prevention efforts in Wyoming communities and at the national level
- The potential cost savings of delaying the onset of alcohol use for the 2014 senior high school class is approximately $122 million.
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