Louisianans Saving Less Money Than Others on Virtual Happy Hours

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The COVID-19 pandemic has moved most after-work happy hours from real-life bars to video conferencing platforms and saved workers a lot of money in the process.

American Addiction Centers, a publicly traded treatment provider, said in a press release that it asked 3,000 American workers how much they have saved by not going out for after-work drinks during the pandemic and discovered an average savings of $480 per person since the stay-at-home orders began.

Kentuckians reported the biggest savings – an average of $922 per person – while, strangely, Louisiana tied with New Mexico as the states with the last amount of savings per person ($45). Hard to believe Louisianans are drinking that much less than everybody else, so they must be buying better booze to stock up their bars for their virtual events. …

Meanwhile, the survey found that one in 10 employees attend virtual happy hours hosted by their office. 37% of respondents said hangovers are easier to deal with during lockdown and 15% even admit they have had more hangovers at home during lockdown than before it started.

“Enjoying a drink or two virtually with colleagues can be a bonding activity, but it’s important to be mindful of alcohol intake if these activities occur frequently,” said Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, chief medical officer for American Addiction Centers. “Alcohol use disorder is much more common than people realize. The most recent SAMHSA stats state that nearly 140 million Americans currently drink alcohol, and it’s also the number one reason that people seek treatment at American Addiction Centers.”

See the complete study here.


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