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Too much drinking led to around 488 deaths every day during the pandemic, as stated by the CDC

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As people on TikTok embrace the trend of dry January and moderate lifestyles, the United States has seen an increase in deaths linked to too much drinking.

In 2020-21, when the Covid-19 situation was intense, there were roughly 488 people dying every day because of drinking too much alcohol, as per a recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drinking too much is a major reason why people die, and it’s something that could have been avoided.

The number of deaths linked to drinking too much alcohol went up by more than 29% from 2016-17 to 2020-21, as mentioned in the report released on Thursday. Back in 2016-2017, there were 137,927 deaths connected to alcohol, but in 2020-2021, it went up to 178,307.

Scientists from the CDC and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research looked into a total of 58 reasons why people died directly or indirectly because of drinking too much. Drinking too much can cause direct problems like alcoholic liver disease, alcohol poisoning, suicides due to excessive drinking, accidents, and falls, and fetal alcohol syndrome. There are also cases where deaths are somewhat related to drinking too much, like chronic hepatitis, certain cancers, heart disease, and stroke.

More people of all ages are dying because of drinking too much alcohol. The number of deaths related to drinking too much has gone up for both men and women. But, the increase is bigger for women. From 2016-17 to 2020-21, the number of women dying because of excessive alcohol use went up by about 35%. The main reasons for their deaths were heart disease and stroke. For men, the increase in deaths related to excessive drinking was almost 27% during the same time. Most of these deaths were because of long-term health problems caused by alcohol.

This increase in alcohol-related deaths is not just a one-time thing, it has been happening for the last 20 years in the United States, according to the CDC.

Earlier studies have shown that people bought more alcohol, especially hard liquor and wine, at the beginning of the pandemic. Another research found that adults between 35 and 50 years old drank heavily more in 2022 than any other year in the past ten years.

The recent report talks about how rules that allowed delivering alcohol and selling drinks to-go during the pandemic made it easier for people to drink. Some folks might have also postponed going to the doctor or hospital because they were scared of catching Covid.

The report suggests that feeling stressed, lonely, or isolated, along with mental health problems, could have played a role in more deaths from too much drinking during Covid-19.

The authors propose that states should think about making rules to limit how easy it is for people to get alcohol and make it more expensive, perhaps by raising certain taxes on alcohol.

Dr. Marissa B. Esser, who worked on the study at the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, said, “We have lots of proof about what can stop too much drinking and reduce the harm it causes. But in the US, we often don’t use these strategies enough. Making alcohol harder to get and having fewer places that sell it, or spreading out where it’s sold, can help create an environment where people choose to drink less.”

The recent research mainly looked at drinking too much alcohol, but it didn’t check all the bad things that can happen from any amount of drinking. Some studies found that even a little drinking can be bad for your health. The CDC has a tool online for you to check how much you drink.

If you decide to have a drink — like many grown-ups in the US do — the guidelines say men shouldn’t have more than two drinks a day, and women shouldn’t have more than one.

“That’s to keep you safer from health problems,” Esser explained. “But we’re starting to see signs that even a little drinking might have some bad effects too.”

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