Quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to negative consequences for Americans who drink. Back in the spring, sales of alcohol in the United States increased sharply, and the national turnover of alcohol increased by 54%. Later it turned out that for each week of self-isolation, the probability of going on a binge for Americans who drink increases by 19%. Women and young people were particularly affected.
This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
In General, during self-isolation, Americans actually began to drink much more often. Non-drinking Americans were not forced by epidemiological restrictions to drinking, but heavy drinkers not only began to drink more but also more often went on binges. By the end of self-isolation, such people started drinking about twice as much as before the outbreak.
Scientists suggest that constant stay at home has become one of the stress factors that push drinkers to abuse alcohol and increases the likelihood of long-term binge drinking. This feature of the psyche should be taken into account both when developing epidemiological measures, and in other situations when representatives of vulnerable groups of the population are forced to spend a lot of time at home.
We will remind you, earlier in the world health organization advised you to refrain from drinking alcohol and Smoking cigarettes during self-isolation.