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In the UK, changes in alcohol consumption have been one of the indirect effects of the pandemic. There has been a rise in the prevalence of increasing and higher-risk drinking, and a sharp rise in alcohol-specific deaths since spring 2020. HealthLumen's microsimulation model was used to project future rates of nine major alcohol-related diseases to 2035. Depending on future trends in alcohol consumption, the model projects there will be up to 147 892 additional cases of the nine alcohol-related diseases studied in England by 2035, with up to 9914 extra premature deaths, and additional costs to the NHS of up to £1.2 billion. These additional health problems and NHS costs are not inevitable if effective policies are put in place to prevent harm from alcohol.

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This page is a summary of: The COVID-19 hangover: why we need to take harm caused by alcohol seriously as an indirect effect of the pandemic, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, October 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/hmed.2022.0384.
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