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Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
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Americans’ drinking habits – what they drink and how much – are about the same as they were pre-pandemic, according to new research conducted by Echelon Insights on behalf of the Beer Institute. Overall, the survey found that a majority of those polled reported drinking about the same amount of beer, and with approximately the same frequency, since the pandemic began. This is in stark contrast to the widely held assumption that people are drinking more during the pandemic.

"Many people think that over the course of the pandemic, people have been sitting at home drinking more beer than ever before, and that’s simply not the case,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute. “Although many news reports erroneously stated that beer consumption has increased during quarantine, the perception that people are drinking more is false. The survey results match the dramatic decline we’ve seen in retail beer sales, especially since many gathering places where draft beer is served, such as stadiums, concert venues, bars,and restaurants, had to close or were limited in their operational capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

When asked about overall alcohol consumption habits – defined as the consumption of wine, beer, and liquor or hard spirits – survey respondents reported that their drinking habits have not changed greatly since the pandemic started. While 1 in 5 respondents reported drinking more, nearly the same amount also reported drinking less. Nearly 60 percent of respondents reported no change in their drinking habits since the pandemic began. These results are in line with other public polling from 2020 that showed most Americans reported drinking about the same during quarantine, including IUPUI, Morning Consult and YouGov.



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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
I drank lots more liquor


Y.A. Tittle
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
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a majority of those polled reported drinking about the same amount of beer, and with approximately the same frequency, since the pandemic began.


This is true for me. My liquor consumption went way up there for a while, though.


Ajo Devil
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
I'll drink to that.


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The Spleen
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
About the same, maybe slightly less because I didn't go to breweries at all. Used to hit the breweries once every week or two.


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GRTiger
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
Liquor is more efficient and less fattening.

Plus the seltzer market has exploded.


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ColoradoAg03
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
Mushroom consumption sure did change for us.


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elprez00
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
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When asked about overall alcohol consumption habits – defined as the consumption of wine, beer, and liquor or hard spirits – survey respondents reported that their drinking habits have not changed greatly since the pandemic started.

Sheeeit. I was half tempted to buy stock in Tito’s based off how many bottles we consumed last spring


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jaytothen
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For every three ppl that drank less I made up for their difference


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CatfishJohn
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
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I drank lots more liquor



Yeah, liquor and wine.

I get sick of beer pretty quickly.


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drexyl
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
I started out drinking way more during the pandemic - so much that I’m now drinking way less than I was pre-pandemic.



Packer
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
I probably drank more during the week due to the flexibility of working out at home. Now that gyms are back open, I reverted back to drinking little to none during the week.


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RockAndRollDetective
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
It probably balances out depending on a person's drinking tendencies and habits. It's not actually a typical thing for most people to sit at home and drink alone and probably even less with just family members around. I tend to drink mostly in social situations, which obviously happened less frequently over the past year and a half.


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LSUAlum2001
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
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Did you drink more, less, or about the same?


Less.


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BluegrassBelle
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
When Kentucky was evaluating what taxes had dropped during COVID-19, one of the only ones that didn’t was our alcohol tax. It actually produced higher revenue than usual.


The Spleen
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
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I started out drinking way more during the pandemic


That was me. Those first couple of months working at home everyday, I'd wrap up work by 2 or 3 everyday. Then boredom would set in a lot of days and I'd start popping beers. I curtailed that by summer though.


Mingo Was His NameO
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
I didn't drink at all when everything was closed and there was nowhere to go.

Drinking alone at home is for losers


AllsGroovn
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Member since Jun 2005
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
Beer was about the same for me. More drinking at home when usually at bars, tailgating, etc.

Absolutely drank more liquor! Tried new bourbons, etc.


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Gravitiger
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re: Polling shows beer consumption unchanged during pandemic
Self-reported alcohol consumption isnprobably the least reliable data point there is.


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CatfishJohn
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Drinking alone at home is for losers


You got a wife and kids?

Because that scotch, in a nice crystal scotch glass, in my lounge chair, watching whatever the frick I want to watch on TV after everyone goes to sleep in my house is vital for my sanity and happiness.

The other 22 hours of the day I live for others. Those 2 hours are mine.



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