How COVID-19 Could Permanently Change America’s Drinking Habits

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Knowing the Statistics

Drinking habits in the United States are changing as more Americans remain isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. With disrupted daily routines and establishments closed (or subject to restrictions), people are spending more time drinking at home. Further, unemployment is at a record high.

The following statistics illustrate how our drinking habits are changing:

  • According to Yale Medicine, total alcohol sales in the U.S. were up by more than 32% during the first week of May compared to the same period last year.
  • Further studies show that weekday drinking has risen by 72% in Washington State since March 24 (the first day of quarantine), and weekend drinking decreased by 16%.
  • Drinking in Washington state rose by 426% the day following stay-at-home orders.

DUI Arrests During the COVID-19 Pandemic

From virtual happy hours to having a drink with dinner to take the edge off, it’s easy to imbibe more than usual. Drinking at home may feel safe, but alcohol still impairs judgment, and people must still leave their homes for essentials. COVID has forced some to opt-out of using rideshare options (e.g., Uber and Lyft) to avoid the risk of contracting the virus from a stranger. They instead choose to get behind the wheel themselves, leaving them open to a DUI arrest.

If you are charged with a DUI during the COVID-19 pandemic, know that you can still access the same legal help you need. The courts have made changes to adapt to the situation, but the criminal justice system is still in operation. Defense lawyers are here to help. At DUIHeroes, our team is available whenever you need us for virtual or phone consultations. We will work to secure the best possible outcome for your case — and your future.

The Heroes You Need, When You Need Us

When you need an experienced DUI defense team, DUIHeroes is here to help. When facing a DUI charge, time is of the essence, and the sooner you contact a hero, the better your chances are of dismissing or reducing your charges.

Contact our team at DUIHeroes today to discuss your situation and learn more about how we can help protect your future. Fill out our online contact form, or call (425) 296-9358.

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