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Alcohol deaths hit record high during Covid Published Date: 02/02/2021

The ONS reported that between January and September, 5,460 deaths were registered with this cause - up 16% on the same months in 2019, which is the biggest toll recorded since records began in 2001.

Alcohol related deaths reached a peak of 12.8 deaths per 100,000 people in the first three months of 2020 and remained at this level through to September - higher than in any other time on record.

ONS spokesman Ben Humberstone said: "Today's data shows that in the first three quarters of 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in England and Wales reached the highest level since the beginning of our data series, with April to September, during and after the first lockdown, seeing higher rates compared to the same period in previous years."

"The reasons for this are complex and it will take time before the impact the pandemic has had on alcohol-specific deaths is fully understood."