Adults (Especially Women), Alcohol Consumption & COVID-19

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Women report an increase in alcohol related problems…


We’ve been under the thumb of COVID-19 long enough now, that the statistics are beginning to come in. There has been a more than 50% increase in national sales of alcohol in 2020. And a new survey by RAND Corporation shows that those over the age of 30 increased alcohol consumption 14% during May and June, 2020 over last year at the same time. Women reported more “alcohol related problems”, such as unhappiness, risk taking, and poor eating a 15-item Short Inventory of Problems.


The analysis shows that:

  • Adults 30-80 reported they drank alcohol more days of the week during the pandemic
  • There was an increase in the number of drinks consumed in one sitting
  • And there was an increase in “alcohol related problems” over last year


The researchers say it’s important to watch for whether the increases in alcohol consumption persist over the pandemic, and whether there will be physical and mental health consequences as a result. CNN News 9/29/20


Markers for women show 17% increase in alcohol consumption:

  • Heavy drinking among women increased by 41% during the pandemic
  • 39% of women reported an increase in “alcohol-related problems”


Nonetheless, these results suggest that examination of whether increases in alcohol use persist as the pandemic continues and whether psychological and physical well-being are subsequently affected may be warranted. RAND Corporation


For more on the increase in alcohol consumption 2020:

(Photo by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer)

Americans over 30 have been drinking more during the coronavirus pandemic, research shows


Women Hit the Bottle Hard During COVID-19

— And reported more alcohol-related problems because of it




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