Study: Deaths from Alcohol Use Disorder Surged During Pandemic

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Cedars-Sinai Investigators Found Alcohol Use Disorder Mortality Rates Were 25% Higher Than Projected in 2020, 22% Higher in 2021.

Deaths involving alcohol use disorder increased dramatically during the pandemic, according to a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators. The study also found that young adults 25 to 44 years old experienced the steepest upward trend in alcohol use disorder mortality.

In the study, published this month in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Network Open, investigators used predictive modeling to compare expected—also called projected—alcohol use disorder mortality rates to actual rates. They found that alcohol use disorder-related mortality rates increased among all ages and sexes during the pandemic.

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