Many people used alcohol to pass the time of the pandemic. According to the CDC, 50 percent more people received a liver transplant or were placed on the waiting lists after the pandemic. CNN.
Researchers at the University of Michigan compared the transplant lists of new Americans from March 2020 to January 2021, the start of the pandemic. They also considered retail alcohol sales, which were calculated from January 2016 to 2021.
“The results showed a positive correlation between the increase in the number of people on the waiting list for a liver due to alcoholic hepatitis and the increase in retail sales of alcohol during the pandemic,”CNN reported.
Alcohol hepatitis is when the liver stops processing alcohol. Instead, the liver produces toxic chemicals that can trigger inflammation. This inflammation can cause irreversible damage to healthy cells as well as kill them.
It can occur over time if you have been drinking a lot for a long time. However, this can happen for some people if they drink a lot in a short period of time.
It is not surprising that researchers discovered that alcohol sales have increased sharply in March 2020. They remained high for the remainder of the year.
“While we cannot confirm causality, this disproportionate increase in association with increasing alcohol sales may indicate a relationship with known increases in alcohol misuse during COVID-19,” researchers said.
“This study provides evidence for an alarming increase in (alcoholic hepatitis) associated with increasing alcohol misuse during COVID-19 and highlights the need for public health interventions around excessive alcohol consumption.”