Alcohol-related Deaths Spike More Than 25% in the First Year of the Pandemic

The number of deaths in the U.S. involving alcohol jumped more than 25% between 2019 and 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to recent research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which also found this is a sharp increase from prior years; the average annual percent increase in deaths involving alcohol was 2.2% between 1999 and 2017.

The spike in alcohol-related deaths during the first year of the pandemic was seen across all age groups.

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