Heavy drinking by women up 41% during pandemic: Study

The study was conducted by the RAND Corporation and supported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
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Thank you. We turn to a "Gma" health that new study about drinking alcohol in the time of covid showing some big increases especially among women and Dr. Jennifer Ashton is going to help us. Tell us more about the study, Yeah, robin. Here's the actual report appeared in Jama. Take a listen. Overall adults are consuming alcohol 14% more among women. There's a 41% increase in heavy drinking and about one in five women are having one additional day of heavy drinking every single month so it's really taking the pulse on how the pandemic is affecting alcohol consumption at home. Such a big increase. How does this impact a woman's health? Well, we need to remember that excessive alcohol use amongst women in particular which is defined as more than seven servings a alcohol a week associated with heart disease, liver cancer, breast cancer, liver damage, depression and anxiety. It can be very easy to be at or above the seven servings a week. Thank you very much. Adding to it was the fact that liquor stores were considered essential businesses and they've been open when a lot of other businesses have not been.

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