Man with a drink Between 2013 and 16, the rate of alcohol-related deaths increased at an average of 7.1 percent annually for women and 4.6 percent for men. (Photo: Getty Images)

The intense focus on the opioid epidemic may have obscured an even greater threat to American health: alcohol.

A new study published in JAMA finds that alcohol-related deaths increased dramatically between 2000 and 2016. The spike in alcohol-related mortality was particularly great for women.

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