Alcohol-related deaths rose 26 percent from 2019 to 2020, CDC finds
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Relaxing with a glass of wine or beer after a long day might be fine – until suddenly one drink turns into too many.
David Hallett32, said this pattern of excessive drinking began early in life.
“I’ve been drinking since I was about 12 or 13. My mother died of an overdose when I was 14, and my dad is still active in his addiction,” Sallette said.
One drink after another led Sallettee to a 17-year battle with alcohol addiction.
“I did a little bit of drugs, but mostly alcohol, because it’s so easy to get. It’s legal. You can hold it in your hands and get the same feeling,” said Sallette.
Anyone can fight alcohol addiction.
Medical experts recorded the highest number of alcohol-related deaths in at least 40 years during the first year of the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that alcohol-related deaths jumped 26 percent between 2019 and 2020, killing more than 49,000 people in 2020.
This includes men and women aged 55 to 64 and a dramatic increase of 42% among women aged 35 to 44.
This statistic is not surprising to licensed social worker Lori Osachy.
“They bore the brunt of child care,” Osachy said. “And when the kids couldn’t go to school and needed home schooling, I’m sure the women bore most of it.”
As alcoholism continues to affect thousands of Americans, Sallette is helping people in Jacksonville get help.
He founded “Sober Dadz”, a non-profit organization that helps others fight addiction.
“We are Sober Dadz. If you need help, give us a call. We will help you,” said Sallette.
To learn more, visit the group’s Facebook page.
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