Alcohol-related deaths spike during pandemic

The number of deaths in the United States involving alcohol went up significantly during the first year of the pandemic.

The research in the journal of the American Medical Association finds alcohol related deaths jumped more than 25%.

The spike was seen across all age groups.

The largest change was among 35-to 44-year-olds.

A neuroscientist at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says it’s not uncommon for people to drink more when they’re under more stress.

In addition to that, the pandemic also reduced a lot of the outlets people have for coping with stress.