Bio Prep Watch: Monitoring alcohol-related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shed light on the alarming increase in alcohol-related deaths in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research revealed that nearly 500 deaths a day were attributed to excessive alcohol use between 2020 and 2021.

Even before the pandemic, alcohol-related deaths were on the rise in the U.S., but the COVID-19 situation exacerbated the issue. The study, which analyzed U.S. mortality data from 2016 to 2021, found a significant increase in alcohol-related deaths during the pandemic years.

Historically, men have been more likely to die from alcohol-related causes, but the study also highlighted a faster rise in deaths among women in recent years. Binge drinking among Americans in their thirties to fifties is now more prevalent in 2022 compared to the past decade, raising concerns about future alcohol-related deaths.

To address this concerning trend, the authors of the study recommend implementing evidence-based alcohol policies. These policies could include reducing the number of places selling alcohol and increasing alcohol taxes to help reverse the increasing alcohol-attributable death rates.

With the prevalence of binge drinking on the rise and alcohol-related deaths reaching alarming levels, it is essential for policymakers to take action to address this public health crisis. By implementing effective alcohol policies, we can work towards reducing the devastating impact of excessive alcohol use on individuals and communities across the country.

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