According to a recent study by DrugAbuse.com, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment resources. A survey of more than 3,000 drinkers (aged 21+) found that, overall, the average Georgian consumed 875 standard size drinks in 2020. This was on par with the national average of 17 standard size drinks per week, and exceeds the CDC defined ‘heavy drinking’ amount of 14 drinks per week for men and seven per week for women. 

The CDC defines heavy drinking as more than 14 drinks per week over the past year for men, and more than seven drinks per week for women. A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol) or 1.5 ounces of liquor (40% alcohol). 

Broken down across the country, it appears that Alaskans consumed the most with an average of 27 standard drinks per week during lockdown. Comparatively, residents in Hawaii and New Hampshire had just 10 drinks per week: the lowest figure across the U.S. 

Nationally, when the figures were placed side by side, it was found that the average man consumed just slightly more (17 drinks per week) than the average woman (16 drinks per week). 

A separate survey by American Addiction Centers found that one in five people unemployed due to the pandemic said they turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism during lockdown. The severe economic hit so many experienced over the last few months is at least partly responsible for the reason why people have turned to alcohol in an attempt to cope with negative feelings they might be having. 

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