Research by the University of Bath and the University of Essex has concluded the effects of binge drinking costs the UK £4.9 billion a year.
Academics looked at a range of social and economic factors, including A&E admissions, road accidents, arrests and police officers on duty to come up with the figure.
The combined £4.9 billion total costs each person in the UK the equivalent of £77 per year.
The team estimates that binge drinking increases the average daily number of injury-related admissions to A&E by 8% - equivalent to 2,504 additional daily admissions nationally.
The average number of road accidents each day go up by 17% - equivalent to 82 additional accidents a day nationally - while they say the average number of alcohol-related arrests increases by 45%, which is equivalent to 786 additional arrests per day nationally.
To offset these costs the researchers suggest a 52p minimum unit price for alcohol and an increase in alcohol excise duty directly in line with alcohol strength should be considered. This could see a pint of beer increase by 23p, and a bottle of wine by 99p.
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