Wine o’clock has come earlier and more frequently for women with child caring responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alcohol consumption increased across the board, but while Australian men have been drinking a little extra, women have been quaffing substantially more than in pre-COVID times.
A study from The Australian National University found men were more likely to drink because of job loss or boredom.
Conversely, women have been drinking more because of childcare duties and increased stress.
The ANU study is the first to look at longitudinal changes to alcohol consumption during the pandemic.
Co-author Professor Nicholas Biddle said the biggest concern was the finding that those who drank the most before the pandemic also reported the highest increases.
“Those individuals who increased from an already high base, or those who have had an increase in alcohol consumption alongside a worsening in mental health outcomes, are likely to be of the greatest concern for public policy,” he said.
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