Since the coronavirus crisis has commenced and people have been quarantined at home, with zero public gatherings, a study suggested that alcohol consumption has increased as compared to the previous year. The study also claims that people had very less things to do and that’s why spending time with loved ones, doing recreational activities, and drinking has been the priority of many.
The research was published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open which unveiled that among the drinking class, women were more as compared to the previous year as the surge of 41% was seen. Also, the United States citizens have taken heavy drinking to the increase as compared with the data of the previous year.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Michael Pollard claimed that his study found out the first-survey-based information and more secondary research might be required in the future to come to an elaborated result. “We’ve had anecdotal information about people buying and consuming more alcohol, but this is some of the first survey-based information that shows how much alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic. Alcohol consumption can have significant negative health consequences, so this information suggests another way that the pandemic may be affecting the physical and mental health of Americans,” Dr. Michael added.
He also mentioned that further research would shed light on the part that whether Americans would continue with the process of heavy alcohol consumption or it would pose a heavy and bad impact on the mental, physical, and psychological well-being of them.