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A new study finds heavy-drinking young adults decreased alcohol intake during the pandemic.

The researchers found alcohol use and alcohol-related problems substantially decreased in heavy-drinking young adults during the pandemic, and these decreases were still evident as the pandemic began to wane.

“The pandemic gave us a unique opportunity to see how widespread mitigation measures like social distancing and bar/restaurant closures may have affected alcohol consumption,” says lead author Kasey Creswell, associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

“We focused on young adults who were engaging in heavy drinking before the onset of the pandemic, and we followed them over time to see if there were any pandemic-related changes to their alcohol consumption and alcohol problems.”

Unlike most prior studies of drinking habits during the pandemic, this study prospectively examined the…


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