To cope with the stress of the epidemic, many women turned to alcohol, a worrying trend.


Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise in the US, a report published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

The report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found that between 2006 and 2018, deaths from alcohol use increased by 43 percent.

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The findings, which do not include this year’s data, come in line with other research on how drinking is a problem for many people in the US, especially among women.

In fact, the CDC report found that it affected women the most. “While rates were higher for men than women for each year,” the study authors wrote, “the rate of change was higher for scales.”

The report did not explain the reasons for the increase among women, but suggested that women living outside the city limits may be at greater risk. “From 2000 to 2018, for both men and women, there has been a greater percentage increase in rates occurring in rural areas than in urban areas,” the authors wrote.

“In recent years, the rate of alcohol deaths in rural areas was higher by 2018 than in urban areas, 18 percent by 2018 compared to urban areas and 23 percent higher than women in rural areas. was.”

While this study did not explore the reasons behind the increase in alcohol-related mortality, years passed with the economic downturn.

Similar tensions are occurring now: social isolation, employment insecurity and increased levels of stress for women in demand for household and child care so that they are experiencing more and more alcoholism.

“The most problematic alcohol use occurred around March and April of this year,” said Lindsey Rodriguez, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. Rodriguez was the author of a study published online in June that linked an epidemic-associated strain in alcohol use to addictive behavior.

Excessive alcohol consumption affects health, including alcohol poisoning, liver cirrhosis, heart disease, and many alcohol-related cancers.

Rodriguez and his colleagues found that the emphasis on drinking Kovid-19 among men remained relatively constant, whereas women’s stress drinking increased significantly.

The greater the stress of women, Rodriguez found, the more they drank. And “having children at home was associated with more drinking,” she said.

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Another study published Tuesday at the JAMA Network Open showed an increase in epidemic-related alcohol consumption. The study included the results of a survey of more than 1,500 adults.

Compared to 2019, American adults have increased alcohol intake faster in 2020, said Michael Poland, a sociologist at the RAND Corporation, a study author.

Indeed, analytics company Nielsen found that online liquor sales rose 524 percent in April, compared to a year earlier.

“This change was huge for women,” said Poland, with women increasing their heavy drinking episodes (defined as at least four drinks in one setting) from 2019 to 2020.

Why? Simply put, Natalie Crawford, assistant professor of behavioral, social and health education at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, said, “Often children have to bear the brunt of parenting, children and family care.”

And alcohol is the “easiest coping strategy”, Crawford said, suggesting that the body’s nervous system, which helps us cope with stress, has been altered.

“Over a short period of time, the system does a very good job of accepting stress,” Crawford said, “It’s outdated.”

The long-term implications of such stressors, as well as coping mechanisms, are unknown.

“We don’t really have a good understanding of what happens when we are in social isolation for such a broad period of time.”

Substance abuse experts say that alcohol use, especially in women with children, is highly stigma. “Women are less likely to use problematic alcohol, and are going to be more fearful”, Crawford said.

He said that once the lockout is lifted the resources for drug treatment will become even more important.

“Once it’s all over, we have to reconcile,” Crawford said. “We need to think about how we reach populations that have been affected and are not integrated into existing treatment programs.”

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