March 2022 –

Judy Woodruff: We have regularly reported on the continuing rise in opioid and overdose deaths during the pandemic. But what’s gotten far less attention is a sharp increase in alcohol-related deaths as well.

William Brangham looks at a new study about that crisis and the reasons behind the surge.

 William Brangham: That’s right, Judy. Alcohol-related deaths were going up before the pandemic began, but they really accelerated once the virus emerged. A study this week in “The Journal of the American Medical Association” found that, during the first year of the pandemic, alcohol-related deaths increased dramatically by 25 percent.