Quarantine and sobriety: Tech tools help overcome addiction
Recent data shows Americans are drinking more during COVID-19 isolation, a time when support systems for recovering addicts have been disrupted.
between virtual happy hours and quarantine ease, Americans have been lubricating their time in isolation. But the day after shelter and place orders went into effect, People's B A C alcohol numbers absolutely skyrocketed. That's according to data from Backtrack Ah, company that makes personal Breathalyzers. Americans are also drinking more during the work week, a trend that's likely to continue as more companies extend work from home policies. Monday is now the same. A Saturday is the same a Sunday. Even with bars closed down, alcohol sales last month rose more than 50%. Because there's just not much to do. Whether it's due to stress or boredom, a drinking habit can start to grow into a drinking problem. Nobody is immune to addiction. Philo Hair has been sober for four years, but isolation could be especially challenging for those in recovery. For a lot of us in recovery, one of the things that really keeps a sober is helping others. He's been using an app called Lucid to stay accountable. Lucid is a sober social network that connects piers to support each other through hot lines, chat groups and virtual events. Say that three words that nobody wants to say, I need help and you'd be amazed how many people are willing to give it to you. Downtime. Alternatives to drinking can include exercise or meditation or trying out mock tail recipes for your next zoom event. Why quarantining? Because it's it's water. Liz McGlaughlin, NBC News.