Close to 2,000 American adult participants were surveyed during Q2 of 2020. The surveys were administered to gain a thorough assessment of the stress the participants may have experienced during stay-at-home orders. The research team also looked at the drinking habits of the participants.
“This analysis aims to identify COVID-19-related stressors associated with changes in alcohol consumption and binge drinking since the outbreak of the coronavirus,” the study reads.
“Data were collected on sociodemographics, alcohol consumption, and COVID-19-related stressors (household composition, job status, essential worker, stay-at-home duration, and depression) using a web-based, self-report survey to US adults from mid-March to mid-April 2020.”
The findings showcased how as many as 34 percent of the participants surveyed had reported binge drinking during the pandemic-related stay-at-home orders.
“Specific COVID-19-related stressors are related to alcohol consumption. This highlights the ancillary and unintended effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which could have long-lasting population health consequences,” the study concludes.