Preventing Violence in American Cities with Safer Alcohol Sales: Tools Cities Can Use to Address Increasing Alcohol Use and Violence Since the Onset of COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Issue: "Alcohol consumption has been rising in the U.S. since the turn of the century, along with alcohol-related harms. On average, alcohol use contributes to 104,000 deaths per year in the U.S., including 47% of homicides, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates. Alcohol problems cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010, the last year for which an estimate is available. Alcohol is the number one drug used by young people, and every year approximately 3,500 people under 21 die because of alcohol use. Prior to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, negative consequences of alcohol use were rising: Alcohol-specific death rates increased 55% from 2000 to 2016, emergency department visits involving alcohol consumption grew by 62% from 2006 to 2014, and the age-adjusted death rate for alcoholic liver disease, an indicator of excessive use, rose by 37.2% from 2000 to 2017. Newer data show that the rates of alcohol sales and binge drinking have increased sharply since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic."

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