Heavy drinking amongst females increased by 41%– about one additional day of heavy drinking for one in every five females. Almost one in 10 ladies, or 39%, reported a boost in alcohol-related problems, the researchers found.
Frequency of drinking increased by 17% among females, 19% amongst people aged 30 to 59 and by 10% amongst White individuals.
The scientists state its essential to look for whether the increases in alcohol usage persist over the pandemic, and whether there will be psychological and physical health effects as a result.
“At times of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol usage can worsen health vulnerability, risk-taking habits, psychological health problems and violence,” the World Health Organization said in April.
Overall frequency of alcohol intake increased by about 14% from 2019, the researchers reported in the journal JAMA Network Open. That increase averages out to about one extra drinking day each month by 75% of adults.
RAND Corporation sociologist Michael Pollard and coworkers examined a nationally representative sample of 1,540 individuals ages 30 to 80. The individuals finished a survey about their drinking routines between April 29 and June 9 of 2019 and then once again between May 28 and June 16 of 2020.
The volunteers reported they consumed alcohol on more days each week. They likewise reported boosts in the number of beverages they had; the number of heavy drinking days; and the number of alcohol associated problems over the last 30 days in between 2019 and 2020.