Alcohol-Related Deaths Rose 26 Percent During COVID

Highest rate recorded in at least 40 years

  • In the first year of the pandemic, from 2019 to 2020, the number of Americans whose deaths were caused by alcohol rose by 26 percent.
  • The new data shows the highest rate recorded in at least 40 years.
  • The increases occurred across nearly all age groups, however, the rates for men were two to four times higher than for women.
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