Americans, particularly young adults, are increasingly turning to alcohol to cope with life during a viral pandemic, a new study shows.
Researchers at the University of Arizona are sounding the alarm on a spike in substance abuse as Americans have endured a year of devastating illness, isolation and job loss caused by the global coronavirus outbreak. Their new study revealed trends during lockdown pointing to “hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption,” as well as an increased likelihood of developing alcohol dependence or a “severe” substance abuse disorder.
The results are published in the latest volume of Psychiatry Research.
“Being under lockdown …