AUSTIN, Texas - As the majority of people work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, habits and daily routines have changed. A new study finds that one of those changes is that people are taking the opportunity of being out of the office to have a drink.
Alcohol.org, a leading provider of treatment resources and everything linked to alcohol abuse and rehabilitation, conducted a survey of 3,000 people working from home across the U.S. to see how many are drinking during what's considered their workday.
For Texans, 22% said they've had alcohol during work hours while working from home. That's 10% less than the national average (32%).
Which state's workers were most likely to have a drink at home? That'd be Hawaii (67%). People in Arkansas were least likely to have one (8%).
Alcohol.org says it found that more than 1/3 of those responding to the study said they believe they'll drink more alcohol while in self-isolation.
It seems people were prepared, as 22% of Americans said they stockpiled alcohol for self-isolation. Men (27%) stockpiled more than women (15%) did.
The drink of choice is beer (38%) followed by cocktails (26%), wine (21%) and straight spirits (15%).
Broken down by gender, men's top choice was beer (44% vs 33% for women) and women's top choice was cocktails (38% vs 11% for men).
Men picked straight spirits (22%) more than women did (5%) while both genders picked wine about the same (22% for men vs 24% for women).
Alcohol.org says it is a stressful time and that if you believe you have a substance addiction it has services available to help.