Alcohol-related deaths are increasing in the U.S., a new report shows. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-related deaths are expected to increase by as much as 26% from the beginning of 2019 to 2022. In each of these two years, the number of alcohol-related deaths will rise from 10.4 to 13.1 per 100,000 people.
The report also showed that alcohol-related deaths are most common among middle-aged men. Men aged 55 to 64 will experience the highest rate, with nearly 60 deaths per 100,000. This is almost four times higher than the rate for the general population. Alcohol-related deaths are also rising among women. Men over 45 years old will experience the greatest jump, followed by middle-aged women.
According to White, the rate of alcohol-related deaths in the U.S. will outpace those caused by the Covid-19 pandemic by 25% by 2022. This is much higher than the death rate due to any other cause. During this lockdown, alcohol sales spiked and more people drank alone in their homes.
According to the NCHS, alcohol-related deaths are affecting people of all ages. In 2006, the death rate of men aged 18 to 24 was 4.6 per 100,000. But this rate rose to almost 50% among men aged 25 to 44. For women, the rate of alcohol-related deaths rose by 34%, and 32% among women between 25 to 34.
The number of alcohol-induced deaths has been steadily increasing over the past two decades. However, the increase has been much more severe in recent years. The overall age-adjusted alcohol-induced death rate has increased by 26% in the last two years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Male alcohol-related deaths increased the most during this period, while female alcohol-related deaths increased by 27% over the same period.
According to the CDC, the age-related death rate will double by 2022 when the rates of alcohol-induced death are factored in. The highest rate will occur in adults aged 55 and older, followed by the age-related death rate among individuals aged 25-64. However, if one includes deaths resulting from unintentional alcohol poisoning, this rate will rise by 37%. This is a staggering increase.
According to the report, women suffered the greatest increase in alcohol-induced deaths in 2020. Their death rate grew from 7.2 to 10.2 per 100,000 people in 2019. Female death rates were higher than male death rates from 2000 to 2020. The increase was greatest among women aged 35-44. Age groups between 25 and 34 years old saw the second highest increase, at 34%.