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Alcohol-related deaths jumped to highest level during Covid pandemic

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The highest number of alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales since records began was seen in 2020, official data shows. 

A survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that alcohol killed more people in 2020 than in any of the previous 20 years. The data also showed a rise of 20 per cent compared to 2019.

Overall, there were 7,423 deaths from alcohol misuse last year, compared to 6,209 in 2019. Deaths increased from March 2020 onwards, when the coronavirus pandemic forced the UK into a series of national lockdowns. 

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Source: The Independent, 6 May 2021

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