Canadian adults under the age of 54 have consumed more alcohol since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, according to a new survey.
The Nanos poll, commissioned by the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse (CCSA), found that 25% of Canadians aged 35 to 54 say they have increased the amount of alcohol they drink at home during COVID-19. pandemic. Meanwhile, 21% of Canadians aged 18 to 34 also say this is the case.
Only 10% of adults over the age of 54 say they have consumed more alcohol since they started physical distance, according to the survey.
The main reason for the increase, according to the survey, is the lack of a consistent schedule, with 51 percent of respondents saying it is. Other reasons include boredom and stress.
Patterns of alcohol use are closely linked to work routines, said Dr. Catherine Paradis, Senior Research and Policy Analyst at CCSA, in a press release. She explained that with many Canadians spending more time at home, it has become more difficult to separate work from play.
“The culture of alcohol consumption in Canada is one where alcohol consumption serves as a border between the day of the week and the weekend, work and leisure; this marks a “time out,” said Paradis. “With the constant threat of COVID-19, these boundaries have become blurred.”
This change in routine, as well as the possibility that people get more alcohol than usual, are some of the reasons Canadians drink more than usual, she said.
The survey also found that 44% of respondents indicated that stress was a reason for consuming more alcohol. CCSA CEO Rita Notarandrea says the overall increase in alcohol consumption is not a surprise given the growing concerns about the pandemic.
“These data validate what we have all said – substance use increases during times of stress and anxiety,” Notarandrea said in a press release.
At the same time, 49% of respondents also said that boredom was a reason for drinking more alcohol.
Overall, 94% of Canadians say they spend more time at home due to the continued spread of COVID-19.
Nanos Conducted a Dual RDD (Landline and Cellular Line) Hybrid Telephone and Online Survey of 1,036 Canadians, Aged 18 Years and Over, Between March 30 and April 2, 2020, as part of a survey omnibus. Participants were randomly recruited over the phone using real agents and completed an online survey. The results have been verified statistically and weighted by age and sex using the latest census data and the sample is stratified geographically to be representative of Canada.
The margin of error for this survey is ± 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.