A post-pandemic alcohol drinking patterns in the US are forecast
to lead to significant rises in illness, death and health costs, said a study by North Carolina research non-profit RTI.
The increased drinking among heavier drinkers cemented during the pandemic is expected to lead to a loss of 79,000 life years and cause 295,000 more alcohol-related hospitalisations.
This will mean an extra healthcare cost of $5.4bn over 5 years, the study says, with cirrhosis hospitalisations alone were estimated to contribute $3bn to this total.
The CDC is forecasting
that the number of alcohol deaths last year increased by a third compared to the pre-pandemic levels, having risen by a quarter in the first year of the pandemic.
The intensification of heavier alcohol drinking patterns in the pandemic is also forecast
to place a significant extra burden on the UK’s NHS.