In times of stress, many people turn to alcohol to reduce the tension, but some of the latest numbers might be cause for concern.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital often conduct real-time studies looking at current issues. A recent example is the Substance Use Disorders Initiative focusing on drinking in the pandemic.
A new report found an increase in drinking days per month for the average person by about 15%. Women have been hit the hardest, with an increase in heavy drinking days by 41%.
Contributing factors: anxiety, boredom and working from home. The lack of separation from work — even with an annoying commute — has blurred lines and increased stress.
One strategy to curb excessive drinking is to exercise at the end of the day or meditate. Alcohol may seem like a quick fix, but it is a short-term and addictive problem.