This study from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that deaths from alcolhol increased by 26% during the covid lockdowns of 2020.

“Deaths from alcoholic liver disease, which includes hepatitis and cirrhosis, were the most common driver of the increased rate. Deaths from mental and behavioral disorders due to alcohol use — mortality from dependence syndrome or withdrawal, for example — were the second most frequent contributor.”

This was one of the unintended consequences of the lockdowns, something unkown and unanticipated at the time.

The U.S.’s alcohol-induced death rate rose sharply in the pandemic’s first year – Researchers have reported more frequent and heavier drinking in 2020