The average Michigander had almost 1,000 alcoholic drinks in 2020 – that’s a lot
Michigan was apparently full of heavy drinkers in 2020, according to survey data.
This could be because many of us stayed at home watching shows and movies with drinks in hand to escape the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced us to stay at home. in the first place. While we might not know the exact reason why so many drinks were consumed, here’s what the latest data is saying about us.
The average Michigander consumed almost 956 alcoholic drinks in 2020, a study by DrugAbuse.com found. This comes down to 18 drinks per week, which is more than “binge drinking” as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Over the past year, many of us have tried to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with isolation, and a host of other effects associated with the pandemic, with an overabundance of alcohol,” said DrugAbuse.com, a provider of drug treatment resources.
Almost 25% of Michiganders admitted to drinking more during pandemic stay-at-home orders and bar closures, according to DrugAbuse.com.
DrugAbuse.com surveyed 3,000 drinkers and found that Michigander’s average consumption of 18 “standard-size” alcoholic drinks per week last year was above the national average – 17 drinks per week.
Both digits exceed the CDC defined “Excessive consumption” of 14 drinks per week for men and seven per week for women. A standard drink is 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol), or 1.5 ounces of alcohol (40% alcohol).
The Michiganders were the 10th heaviest drinkers across the country. Alaskans drank the most alcohol with an average of 27 standard drinks per week – a total of 1,404 per year on average. Comparatively, residents of Hawaii and New Hampshire drank the least with just 10 drinks per week.
Here are the 10 states that consumed the most alcohol per person in 2020:
- Alaska: 1,404
- Rhode Island: 1,261
- New Jersey: 1,130
- Oklahoma: 1,106
- Arkansas: 1,076
- Illinois: 1050
- Wisconsin: 1,025
- Montana: 1,023
- Vermont: 1,014
- Michigan: 956
DrugAbuse.com estimates that the average American drinker spent 112 hours with a hangover in 2020.
A separate survey conducted by America’s Substance Abuse Centers found that 20% of people unemployed due to the pandemic have turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism.
How much more is the United States drinking as the coronavirus spreads? A lot.