Study Finds Doubling of “Hazardous” Drinking During Pandemic

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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 …

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