Women are drinking more since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

new study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Gynaecology and Women’s Health has found that women are drinking more than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Susan Stewart, a scientist in the sociology department at Iowa State University, interviewed women last July to survey changes in their alcohol intake during the pandemic. Specifically, she wanted to see how coronavirus-related anxieties contributed to any changes in how much they were drinking. “I was hearing a lot of things, especially on social media, about women drinking more because of COVID-19,” Stewart said. “There were a lot of memes about women homeschooling and it would show their progression of drinks throughout the day, from mimosas and bloody marys in the morning to wine and shots in the afternoon.” She found that almost two-thirds of women reported drinking more since the beginning of the pandemic, including increases in daily drinking, drinking earlier in the day, and binge drinking.

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