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We’re All Drinking Alone Now

Alcohol purchases have increased significantly during the COVID-19 crisis, with sales skyrocketing online and by delivery. Senior scientist Dr. William Kerr of PHI’s Alcohol Research Group comments on the stressors influencing the increase in consumption during the outbreak in ELLE magazine.

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Americans in quarantine are buying literal tons of alcohol: Data from Nielsen showed online sales of alcohol jumped 378 percent the week of April 11 over the same week last year. (Alcohol delivery company Drizly reported its year-over-year customers grew by a whopping 1,600 percent by the end of March.) For the week of March 11, all sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55 percent over the same period last year, according to Nielsen….

Dr. William Kerr, PhD, a senior scientist with the Alcohol Research Group, told ELLE.com some people may be drinking to cope with the immense emotional and economic stress of the pandemic—which has cost many people their jobs, support systems, and even loved ones’ lives.

Read the full article in Elle.

Originally published by Elle Magazine


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