Are we ever drinking a lot these days. Sales at liquor stores up all over the country. Anecdotally, virtually everyone I speak with is drinking more. A friend who was a careful weekend drinker has started having a drink a few weeknights a week. For many, the occasional evening drink with dinner has switched to daily drinks after work and through the evening. Another friend, who admittedly was a pretty heavy drinker to begin with, has started earlier and earlier in the day. With time on our hands and the stress of social isolation … we drink.
I’m going to avoid the easy route, and I’m not going to concern myself with the possible health impacts of this increased drinking, I’m sure its not good, but that’s been well trodden. I’m more concerned about what it says about how we respond under stress.
More than anything, this pandemic has – for most people – simply meant a huge increase in the amount of unstructured time they have. There are many, many things they/we could have done with this time – worked out more, taken up new hobbies, reacquainted – virtually – with old friends or distant family members. We could have read books, gardened, mediated, done online courses. And we did – to an extent – do all of these things. But more than that, we drank.