Alcohol-related hepatitis admissions increased 50% in the first months of the CoViD-19 pandemic in the US

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Liver international


Early reports suggest that alcohol misuse increased in 2020 due to the CoViD-19 pandemic. Using retrospective data from Henry Ford Health System in Detroit MI-an area that experienced an early and severe CoViD-19 outbreak-to investigate the impact of the pandemic on alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) in the summer of 2020 compared to the same period in 2016-2019. Both the number of ARLD admissions and the proportion of total admissions represented by ARLD patients increased significantly in 2020 compared to previous years. The number of ARLD admissions as a proportion of all hospitalizations was 50% higher in 2020 than in 2016-2019 (0.31% versus 0.21%; p=0.0013); by September 2020, the number of admissions was 66% higher than previous years. Despite racial and geographic disparities in direct and indirect CoViD-related stressors across the Detroit metropolitan area, the demographic profile of ARLD patients did not change compared to previous years.

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