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‘Quarantinis’ and Beer Chugs: Is the Pandemic Driving Us to Drink?

Alcohol sales have soared as people use drinking to relax during the COVID-19 crisis, and experts—including Dr. Priscilla Martinez, a scientist studying the health effects of drinking at PHI’s Alcohol Research Group—are raising concerns.

Whatever day you read this – at whatever hour – you can bet that someone in the Facebook group Quarantined Beer Chugs is shotgunning a beer or swigging a bottle….

“We know that drinking can increase under stressful conditions – that’s well-documented in the literature,” said Dr Rajita Sinha, director of Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Stress Center. “But the broader question you have is: Is that okay? And I would be wary. I would ask, are there alternative ways to cope with stress that are healthier?”…

Those sorts of questions are critical now, said Dr Priscilla Martinez, a scientist studying the health effects of drinking at the Alcohol Research Group, a federally funded research center. Heavy drinking is not good for human health, under any circumstances – and recent research by Martinez, Sinha and others has shown that alcohol disrupts the immune system and compromises the brain’s stress-coping mechanisms.

Read the full article on The Guardian.

Featured image: A woman lifts her glass and cheers with friends during a virtual happy hour amid the coronavirus crisis on 8 April 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Originally published by The Guardian

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