COVID-19 is changing our relationship with drinking. New research revealed that women are turning to alcohol more than earlier to cope with pandemic stress.
The study report was published in the JAMA Open Network. This study report presents nationally representative survey data for 825 people in 2019 and 2020. This study tried to compare the two years’ worth of survey results.
The study findings explore that people’s self-reported drinking for the previous 30 days had increased in 2020 compared to 2019. According to this study, women are drinking alcohol 17% more frequently in 2020 than they did in 2019. On the contrary, Men did not show the same level of increase as women in alcohol use. But men reported drinking more frequently and heavily than women.
However, the biggest limitation of this study is that all of the data were self-reported. So, there is a chance not to present drinking habits accurately. But this research finds indicate that our relationship with alcohol significantly changed compared to last year.
Women generally drink less than men. But this recent study report explores a new scenario of alcohol drinking patterns. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm that alcohol-induced deaths for both women and men have increased over the past decade. This study shows that women were already drinking more than the past. So. There is a threat to experience more health consequences of drinking than in the past. The Coronavirus pandemic may have exacerbated that trend.