The High Cost of Addictive Habits|
||A smoking habit costs $1,000 to $2,000 each year
in cigarettes alone. Non-smokers save about 30% on health care
and insurance, 50% on life insurance. Smokers are often
first in line to be fired and less likely to be hired (mostly
because they cost their employers more in health costs). QuitNet.com
is a great site to help you quit.|
|2. Substance abuse & Alcoholism.
Alcoholism and/or addictions can be just as costly.
Between 25% and 40% of all patients in general hospital beds are
being treated for alcohol-related problems. Heavy drinkers
pay 10% to 40% more for health care. Light "social
drinking" is okay for most people: health experts suggest
having no more than two drinks per day. The ACA helps heavy drinkers get their life back.
|3. Junk food & overeating.
||Overeating and junk food is an expensive and
growing problem: obese individuals pay about 25% more than
average for health care. The average American could save
about 25% on food by eliminating junk food or at least cutting it
to a minimum. ConsumerSearch compares the effectiveness
of weight-loss programs.|