The number of people dying from alcohol consumption hit a 20-year high during the Coronvirus pandemic, official figures from England and Wales have shown.
According to new data released Thursday by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 7,423 people in England and Wales died of alcohol-specific causes in 2020. The number was 19.6% higher than in 2019, during which time 6,209 people were killed by alcohol. It was also the highest annual death toll in the past 20 years.
It appears that there is an evident correlation between the number of deaths from alcoholism and the lockdown for covid-19. A noticeable effect of depression.
The UK NHS said that from January to March 2020, before the first national COVID-19 blockade began, the death rate from alcohol abuse was "statistically similar" to previous years' rates.
However, in the remainder of 2020, after the lockdown began in late March, the death rate became "significantly higher" than in any other year since 2001.
Alarmingly, the difference between 2019 and 2020 continued to increase in each subsequent quarter. The age-standardized death rate from alcohol abuse in the first quarter of 2020 was 8.5% higher in the first quarter of 2019.
The rate was 17.4% higher in the second quarter, 21.9% in the third and 28.3% in the fourth quarter. So the more the lockdown continued, the more deaths there were, a sign of the psychological effects of segregation.
The ONS definition of alcohol-specific deaths includes only those deaths that are a direct consequence of alcohol abuse. Most of these are long-term conditions associated with continued alcohol abuse.
The increase in alcohol consumption during the pandemic has been observed in multiple countries. A poll conducted in September 2020 revealed that two in five Australians had drunk more alcohol than usual since the start of the pandemic. In the United States, hospitals across the country have reported dramatic increases in alcohol-related hospitalizations for critical illnesses such as alcoholic hepatitis and liver failure. For example at the University of Southern California's Keck Hospital, hospitalizations for alcoholic liver disease increased by 30% in 2020 compared to 2019.
These data provide us with an indicator of the side effects of the so-called "Non-Pharmaceutical Measures" (NPI) used to combat covid-19. Here we are talking about a single country, for a single effect, for a limited period. What will be the data when we count deaths from overdose and suicides due to the lockdown?
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/crescita-drammatica-dei-morti-per-alcolismo-nel-lockdown-inglese-un-giorno-scopriremo-i/ on Sat, 08 May 2021 17:11:31 +0000.