The United Kingdom recorded a record high of alcohol-related deaths last year amid the coronavirus epidemic.

According to the Office for National Statistics, England and Wales saw 5,460 alcohol-related deaths in the first three quarters of 2020, a 16.4% increase over the same period in 2019.

Alcohol-related deaths from January to March have increased slightly compared to previous years, but they were meant to reduce it between April and September amid the prevalence of coronavirus and lockdown.


“The data shows that in the first three quarters of 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in England and Wales reached the highest levels since the beginning of our data series, during and after the first lockdown, with higher rates than Given. Same period as in previous years, “Ben Humberstone, Deputy Director of Health Analysis and Life Events at Ones, Said this week.

“The reasons for this are complex and it will take time before the epidemic’s impact on alcohol-specific deaths is fully understood.”

In the United States, alcohol sales rose 54% at the start of the epidemic when the lockdown first took effect, according to a April study In the medical journal JAMA Network Open.

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People not only appear to drink more to cope with the stress of lockdown, but alcohol also suppresses people’s immune systems, possibly leading to more severe COVID-19 cases.

Director of the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol said, “Alcohol abuse activates the immune system, causing inflammation and interfering with the body’s immune response to viral and bacterial infections.” wrote.

“Ultimately, impaired immune system function and an increased susceptibility to respiratory illness may contribute to greater risk of COVID-19 and mortality.”