The number of deaths in the United States from alcohol-related causes soared during the coronavirus pandemic, jumping 25% year-over-year in 2020, according to a new study.
Researchers with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism published the results of their study into the number of alcohol-related deaths during the pandemic in The Journal of the American Medical Association last week. The New York Times outlined the results on Tuesday:
The new study is another data point in a growing body of evidence showing the significant side effects of COVID-19 and widespread lockdowns meant to combat the virus. Alcohol-related mortality was particularly poignant in 2020 as the data shows a greater relative increase than deaths from all causes. According to the study: