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Research suggests that alcohol consumption and related harms increased during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies reported increases in drinking to cope with stress,1 transplants for alcohol-associated liver disease,2 and emergency department visits for alcohol withdrawal.3 We examined mortality data to assess whether alcohol-related deaths increased during the pandemic as well.
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Accepted for Publication: March 5, 2022.
Published Online: March 18, 2022. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.4308
Corresponding Author: Aaron M. White, PhD, Office of the Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, 6700B Rockledge Dr, Bethesda, MD 20852 (email@example.com).
Author Contributions: Dr White had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Concept and design: All authors.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: White, Castle, Hingson, Koob.
Drafting of the manuscript: White, Castle, Hingson, Koob.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.
Statistical analysis: Castle, Hingson.
Administrative, technical, or material support: White, Koob.
Supervision: White, Hingson, Koob.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Powell reported Pfizer stock ownership outside the submitted work. No other disclosures were reported.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and should not be construed to represent the views of the federal government.
Additional Information: All data used in the project are publicly accessible from the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.
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