Americans could become an inveterate drunkard while imprisoned in their homes
While US authorities are fighting the coronavirus pandemic and are restricting everything they can, people drown their loneliness at the bottom of the bottle.
According to official information, over the past week, sales of alcoholic beverages increased by 55 percent.
"Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, with sales jumping 75% compared to the same period last year. Wine sales were up 66% while beer sales rose 42%. And online sales far outpaced in-store sales, says research firm Nielsen, according to Associated Press.
New York, experiencing the worst population blow due to coronavirus, also showed the largest online sales of alcohol. A bored and isolated population has increased demand 2.5 times, reports NY Post.
"Online alcohol sales were up 243%. Danelle Kosmal, a Nielsen vice president, suspects growth rates peaked that week as people loaded up their pantries before state stay-at-home orders went into effect.»
And although representatives of the Healthcare System believe that Americans are thus saved from the coronavirus, most tend to believe that the complete lack of mass entertainment, interrupted social connections and home confinement are to blame.
"Alcohol delivery app Drizly, which serves 26 states plus Washington, DC, and Alberta, says the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on sales the week of March 16–21, up approximately 300 percent from earlier in the year," reports CNBC.