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The Bay Area is drinking 42% more alcohol than usual during Covid-19 stay at home orders

Melanie Wong | Mar 31, 202004:02 PM     23

We are such over-achievers.

" . . .During the first week of sheltering in place, Bay Area residents drank more alcohol than usual — 42% more than usual, in fact, according to data from BACtrack, a San Francisco company that produces smartphone-connected breathalyzer devices.

The idea for the study came from people’s anecdotal impressions that drinking was up, said BACtrack CEO Keith Nothacker. “We said, let’s go check the data. Sure enough, drinking had exploded post-shelter-in-place.”

The BACtrack findings dovetail with reports of increased demand for alcohol delivery: San Francisco online retailer Wine.com reports that its spirits sales have surged 400% since shelter-in-place orders started, for example. Newly relaxed regulations from California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control have made it legal for bars and restaurants to deliver cocktails now, too. . ."

The Bay Area is drinking 42% more alcohol than usual while sheltering in place

During its first week of sheltering in place, Bay Area residents drank more alcohol than usual — 42% more than usual, in fact, according to data from...

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