Saturday, March 26, 2022

Linked to the lockdowns, job losses and other bad government policies?


The study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that there was a 25.5% increase in alcohol-related deaths in 2020 from 2019. Between 1999 and 2019, the average annual increase in alcohol-related deaths was 3.6%.

The study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association discovered that more adults under the age of 65 died from alcohol-related factors (74,408) than from COVID-19 (74,075) in 2020. There were a total of 99,017 alcohol-related deaths, which accounted for 3% of all deaths in 2020.

"Research suggests that alcohol consumption and related harms increased during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic," the authors of the study wrote. "Studies reported increases in drinking to cope with stress, transplants for alcohol-associated liver disease, and emergency department visits for alcohol withdrawal."

"The assumption is that there were lots of people who were in recovery and had reduced access to support that spring and relapsed," study author Aaron White told the New York Times.

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