August 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am
Virtual Event
RTI International | Research Institute
Stay-at-home orders were issued in March 2020 to flatten the curve of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they remained in place through early 2021 to get us through the start of vaccine distribution. Those orders brought with them relaxed alcohol regulations – for example, many states started to allow curbside pickup of alcohol. Simultaneously, many people found themselves with more isolated time at home due to unemployment, quarantine, or working from home. How did this influence alcohol consumption across the nation? And have those changes persisted as people have started to leave their homes, go back to work, go to restaurants, and attend public events? Alcohol remains one of the leading preventable causes of mortality in the country, so it’s critical for public health officials to understand the scope of this issue.

In the summer of 2020, we presented the results of an RTI-sponsored survey of nearly 1,000 individuals conducted in May of 2020. The first survey showed overall increases in alcohol consumption, and that women, people with minor children in the home, and Black Americans differentially increased their drinking in the short term after COVID-19 started. The current NIAAA-sponsored study re-surveyed respondents to the first survey, providing unique longitudinal data from February 2020 to November 2020. In this webinar, we reveal our findings on whether, and for whom, the early patterns of increased alcohol consumption have been sustained over the longer term, and the implications for public health.

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