Alcohol Sales are up over 50% since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
The opioid epidemic is not new news. This drug epidemic has frequented the headlines for over 15yrs as over 700,000 people died from an overdose between 1999 and 2017, cited the CDC. It would help to put this in a bigger perspective. That is just the amount of people dying from overdose, not the amount of people overdosing and surviving it.
What few people realize is that the problems surrounding alcohol have been a distant conversation, but have recently taken an average of 88,000 lives a year in America alone. Yes, alcohol related deaths take the lives of roughly 18,000 more people a year then the opioid epidemic currently is.
And with the new "stay at home" orders being decreed as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to bombard the world, people are turning to the bottle more then ever. More then that, the drink of choice is overwhelmingly liquor with a 75% increase in sales.
"In the week ending March 21, sales on alcoholic beverages have spiked by 55 percent according to market research firm Nielsen." -Newsweek
The increase in problem drinking has been ramping up for years now, and this pandemic seems to be the perfect excuse for excessive alcohol consumption.
"According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, several signs of alcohol misuse are on the rise. Between 2001-’02 and 2012-’13, 12-month alcohol use increased from 65.4 percent to 72.7 percent, and high-risk drinking increased from 9.7 percent to 12.6 percent. And alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) increased from 8.5 percent to 12.7 percent — a whopping 49.4 percent increase. The increase in alcoholism in particular suggests that nearly 30 million Americans now suffer from alcohol addiction." -Vox
The rise in recent years for problem drinking among women has been eye opening as well.