The pandemic has changed all aspects of how we live — the way we work, the way we learn, and, studies are showing, the way we drink. We’ve traded in meeting rooms for Zoom screens, and we have swapped bar hopping for virtual happy hours.

At a time when stress and anxiety are at all-time highs, it can feel good to reconnect with a friend virtually over a drink. But what might have been social drinking early on in the pandemic has increasingly become something else, leading to an uptick in binge drinking, especially among women.


Dr. Dawn Sugarman, research psychologist in the Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction at McLean Hospital in Belmont.

Holly Whitaker, CEO of the recovery company Tempest, and the author of "Quit Like A Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol."