While much public attention has been given to the opioid epidemic, the United States has been quietly experiencing another growing public health crisis that surpasses opioid overdoses as a cause of substance abuse-related deaths in nearly half of all states: alcohol-involved deaths.
This alarming trend began well before research showing early evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic precipitated dangerous changes in alcohol-related behaviors for U.S. adults, such as increased alcohol sales, reports of increased alcohol consumption in order to deal with pandemic-related stress, drinking more frequently, and increased rates of heavy drinking and binge drinking.
On September 21, SHADAC will host a webinar detailing the trends in rising alcohol-involved deaths across the U.S., among the states, and for certain demographic groups. Data come from a recent SHADAC analysis of alcohol-involved deaths from 2006 to 2019.
A question and answer session will be open for all attendees following the webinar presentation.