Report: Alcohol-related deaths in Wisconsin rose 25% in 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report finds that alcohol-related deaths in Wisconsin rose almost 25% in 2020.

The nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum released data Thursday that shows 1,077 Wisconsin residents died of alcohol-related causes in 2020, up from 865 in 2019.

The data was compiled from U.S. residents’ death certificates. The report uses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s definition of alcohol-related deaths to mean deaths directly attributed to excessive drinking such as alcohol poisoning and liver disease. The definition does not include deaths caused by drunken driving or alcohol-fueled violence.

The report speculates that the increase in deaths may be driving by higher rates of binge drinking in Wisconsin and the state’s history of high alcohol consumption.

Recent News Headlines from News 8 Now  

Surviving the Omicron surge; breaking down Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 community forum 

No foul play suspected in death of man at Beaver Creek Valley State Park 

Suicide attempts send increasing numbers of teen girls to emergency rooms in La Crosse 

Wisconsin state trooper reflects on Jackson County I-94 crash, warns drivers about icy roads