USA Today: Drowning our sorrows? American adults are drinking more alcohol amid COVID-19, study finds

A new study shows that American adults, particularly women, are drinking more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alcohol consumption has increased by 14% compared with a year ago, including 17% for women, according to a report published in the JAMA Network Open.

The study also showed a 41% increase in heavy drinking for women. Heavy drinking is defined as four or more drinks for women within a couple of hours and five or more for men.

Researchers used data collected using the RAND Corporation American Life Panel, surveying 1,540 adults ages 30 to 59. The authors note the findings are based on self-reports that may have affected the results. It also does not include why people are drinking more.

Americans are drinking more amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts warn any relief is temporary

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