The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data last week showing that alcohol expenditures rose 15.9% in 2021. We don’t have good data on how much was spent on illegal drugs, but it’s a good bet that number was way up as well during the era of lockdowns.
Here’s some strong circumstantial evidence that lockdowns hurt the young the most. A report by the Society of actuaries – the life insurance industry- has found that death claims for adults aged 35 to 44 were 100 percent higher in the Summer of 2021 than in the average for 2017 -2020. For those aged 34 and younger, there were more excess non-COVID deaths than those related to COVID.
It continues to amaze us that many politicians and health officials STILL defend the shutdown of our economy.