Significantly Increasing Deaths from Alcohol-Related Diseases Since 2019

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According to new data, the death rate due to alcohol increased significantly in the first year after the pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and PreventionPreviously reportedThere was an increase in deaths from alcohol-related causes in 2020 and 2021. Two reports released this week indicated a 30% increase.

Additional details regarding which states and groups are experiencing the highest death rates were also included in these reports.

“Alcohol is often overlooked”Marissa Esser, the CDC’s Alcohol Program Director, described it as a public health issue. 

“But it is a leading preventable cause of death.”

Esser claims that alcohol-related deaths could have increased in the wake of the pandemic because it was difficult to access medical care.

One of the reportsFriday’s release focused on more that a dozen varieties of “alcohol-induced” deaths. All of these were completely attributable to drinking. 

The report states that the death rate has been rising in the 20 years prior to the pandemic. However, 52,000 deaths were recorded last year. This is an increase of 39,000 deaths in 2019.

According to Merianne, Spencer, the study’s author, their rate rose 26% to approximately 13 deaths per 100,000 U.S. resident in 2020. It is the highest recorded rate in at least 40-years.

According to data, the death rate for those aged 55-64 was still high, but it rose significantly for some other groups.

This includes a 42% rise in the number of women between 35 and 44 years old.

The second reportPublished earlier in the week in JAMA Network OpenThe death rate was higher for those who died from other causes. 

According to the study, these deaths could have been linked to alcohol, including motor vehicle accidents, suicides and falls.

The study reveals that alcohol was responsible for 1 in 8 U.S. deaths each year, based on data from 2015 through 2019.

According to data, New Mexico had the highest number of alcohol-related death at 22 percent and Mississippi had the lowest at just 9 percent.

Esser says future research points should investigate ways to reduce alcohol consumption. This includes increasing alcohol taxes and restricting where alcohol can be purchased.

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