Addiction Experts Say Pandemic Could Lead to Spike in Unhealthy Alcohol Use

A study posted by the New York Times indicates that COVID-19 may lead to an increase in alcohol use.

“I expect we’re going to see pretty significant increases in what I call unhealthy alcohol use, which means drinking above recommended limits,” said Dr. Sarah Wakeman, an addiction medicine doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “It will be pretty unlikely for someone who has never tried alcohol before to start drinking for the first time and immediately develop an alcohol use disorder. I would see this as a risk more in people who are already drinking and then their alcohol use escalates.”