Alcohol Induced Deaths in WI
Alcohol-induced deaths rose nearly 25% in Wisconsin in 2020, the biggest one-year increase in more than two decades. This was just slightly below the national increase during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Wisconsin started with a higher rate of such deaths than the national average, and last year’s increase exacerbated a trend that warrants consideration of underlying causes and appropriate policy responses.
Ari Brown is a Senior Research Associate for the Wisconsin Policy Forum and a graduate of UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs.
Mark Sommerhauser is Communications Director and Policy Researcher for the Wisconsin Policy Forum. Prior to joining the Forum in 2019, he spent 15 years as a reporter at newspapers throughout the Midwest, with a focus on political and governmental coverage.