Responsibility.org, a not-for-profit committed to ending drunk driving, eliminating underage drinking, and encouraging adults to make responsible alcohol choices, has just released a survey that suggests that perhaps Americans are.
The organization recently commissioned the study to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting American adults’ drinking habits. And its findings seemed to counter what many expected including, quite possibly, Responsibility.org.
The results, which were released on May 12, found that that 35% of Americans are drinking about the same despite stay-at-home mandates.
In the online poll of 1,000 American adults 18 years of age and older, respondents cited “not being able to go out” and “bars and restaurants being closed” as the top two reasons for drinking less (38% and 33%, respectively).
The survey also established that 33% of respondents are drinking about the same at home and 28% are drinking less (including 11% who have quit drinking entirely).
For those drinking less, consumers said the reason was down to bars (38%) and restaurants (33%) being closed during the pandemic.
The majority (86%) of adults are confident they drink responsibly, with close to half (45%) reporting extreme confidence by rating 10 on a 0-10 scale.
According to the Responsibility.org study “Covid-19 crisis has not increased alcohol consumption during working hours for 84% of respondents,” with 33% of respondents claiming to never drink during working hours.
The survey did find that the number of consumers who reported drinking any alcohol in the last 30 days increased from 71% to 79%, compared to the same time last year. And given the stress brought on by the global pandemic, that increase seems hardly surprising.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has upended many Americans’ lives and habits, but this survey shows most Americans are choosing to drink responsibly despite the stress of these unprecedented times,” said Chris Swonger, president and CEO, Responsibility.org…
“Adults who choose to drink should always do so responsibly, never drive drunk or impaired, and it is especially important for parents to model responsible decision making in front of children.”
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