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Our national hangover is a crisis we can't afford to ignore

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America has a drinking problem, but our nation’s overdose crisis has shifted attention away from our national hangover.

It’s time to focus on this long overlooked problem.

Drug overdose deaths rose nearly 30% in 2020 to 93,000, according to preliminary statistics released in July by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But an estimated 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Alcohol is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

As we observe National Recovery Month throughout September, it’s important to recognize the scope of America’s alcohol dependence and help those with alcohol use disorder. Our nation’s wellbeing is at stake.

It’s no wonder people want to drown their sorrows. The pandemic has devastated so many families. It created enormous stress and economic uncertainty. It caused widespread fear, anguish and needless political battles. When we thought we were getting a handle on COVID-19, along came the delta variant.

USA TODAY Opinion:........


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