Almost 500 Deaths a Day Occurred From Excessive Drinking During COVID Pandemic

2024-03-02 09:00:39

Oh, look, Leslie. You were right about another consequence caused by the insane COVID restrictions.

You keep people locked in their homes, refuse to allow them to socialize . . . bad things will happen.

This chart says everything. These people literally have blood on their hands.

I am so mad:

CDC’s Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application was used to estimate the average annual number and age-standardized rate of deaths from excessive alcohol use in the United States based on 58 alcohol-related causes of death during three periods (2016–2017, 2018–2019, and 2020–2021). Average annual number of deaths from excessive alcohol use increased 29.3%, from 137,927 during 2016–2017 to 178,307 during 2020–2021; age-standardized alcohol-related death rates increased from 38.1 to 47.6 per 100,000 population. During this time, deaths from excessive alcohol use among males increased 26.8%, from 94,362 per year to 119,606, and among females increased 34.7%, from 43,565 per year to 58,701. [emphasis added]

But it’s not their fault!

If the government just implements policies that reduce access to alcohol or raise the prices of alcohol, then it won’t happen again!

These people have a lot of nerve.

I have a better idea. How about you not isolate human beings? I’m close to being a hermit but even *I* have to get out of the house occasionally. A conversation here and there in person with another human is nice.

But my gosh, these people wouldn’t even let people go outside.

I have too much respect for Professor Jacobson to say what I want to. But if you follow me on Twitter, you know exactly what is spilling out of my mouth as I write this post.

American Psychological Association: The Risks of Social Isolation. The APA published this study in 2019, a year before the pandemic when loneliness likely affected the elderly much more.

Unfortunately, many more people felt lonely when our masters made us stay home and away from everyone.

There is such a thing as chronic loneliness:

Problems can arise, however, when an experience of loneliness becomes chronic, [Dr. Ami] Rokach notes. “If reactive loneliness is painful, chronic loneliness is torturous,” he says. Chronic loneliness is most likely to set in when individuals either don’t have the emotional, mental or financial resources to get out and satisfy their social needs or they lack a social circle that can provide these benefits, says psychologist Louise Hawkley, PhD, a senior research scientist at the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago.

“That’s when things can become very problematic, and when many of the major negative health consequences of loneliness can set in,” she says.

How many of those people who died from alcohol were alcoholics? Isolation can make it worse for alcoholics or recovering alcoholics.

Humans are social creatures.


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