During the COVID-19 pandemic alcohol use along with mental health challenges have been exacerbated by pre-existing and new stressors. According to a journal article written in Toxicology Reports a recent study showed that Americans drank an increase of 14% more alcohol in 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 2019.
Facts regarding alcohol use include the following:
A standard drink contains 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol.
Underage drinking is common and early use can lead to an alcohol use disorder later in life.
Men are almost two times more likely to binge drink more than women.
Women face higher risk for alcohol related consequences due to having less water in their bodies than men.
Before a person knows they are pregnant, alcohol can cause developmental problems for their developing baby. There is no safe time or amount of alcohol use in pregnancy.
Alcohol levels are usually highest in breast milk 30-60 minutes after an alcoholic beverage is consumed, and can be generally detected in breast milk for about 2-3 hours per drink after it is consumed.
List of Resources compiled by NASW:
Alcohol Facts and Statistics. Alcohol Use in the United States. Updated March 2022. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics
Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): Best Practices for the Prevention and Treatment of Risky Drinking in Girls/Women of Childbearing Age. Assessment and interventions of risky alcohol use is extremely important amongst girls and women. Winter 2020. https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx
Binge Drinking. Binge drinking is a serious but preventable public health problem. January 6, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm