Americans are drinking more alcohol – especially women

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, American adults are drinking more and more often. The habit of drowning troubles in a bottle has grown especially noticeably among women.

Americans now drink alcohol more days a month and in greater quantities than in 2019, a study by the US National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism showed. A poll of 1,540 adults found that the rise in alcohol consumption has been astounding since the start of the pandemic.

Michael Pollard, lead author of the study, says Americans try to relieve intense feelings of anxiety and depression with alcohol, but it only reinforces them, making the situation seem like a vicious circle.

Increasingly, women are reporting an increased frequency of binge episodes, defined as four or more drinks in a few hours. Among women, the number of heavy drinkers has doubled.