First year of pandemic saw more deaths from alcohol than COVID in people under 65

A recent study done by federal researchers found there were more alcohol-related deaths than COVID deaths in the U.S. during 2020 in people under 65.

The study discovered that, in 2020, there were 74,408 alcohol-related deaths among Americans ages 16 to 64 while, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were only 67,991 deaths among Americans under 65 that included COVID-19 as an underlying cause.

The researchers collected their data from death certificates, recording deaths in which alcohol was listed as an underlying cause.

The study, performed by doctoral researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, also shows alcohol-related deaths in 2020 – the first year of the pandemic – increased over 25% from the previous year.

Critics have argued COVID-19 lockdown measures are to blame for increasing rates of drug abuse and overdose.

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Author: HP McLovincraft

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