Rapid Review Quiz: Alcohol Use and Abuse

Helmi L. Lutsep, MD; Yasmine S. Ali, MD, MSCI; Michel E. Rivlin, MD


May 20, 2022

In a recent review, researchers used US mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics to determine that between 2019 and 2020, during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol-related deaths increased approximately 25%. Rates had increased prior to the pandemic between 1999 and 2017 but far less rapidly (2.2% mean annual percent change). The 25% increase for alcohol-related deaths outpaced the 16.6% increase in all-cause mortality.

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