Blame the Recession for Your Drinking Problem

Oct 11, 2010 at 9:50 am
Has this ever happened to you?

Your concerned friend/family member/bartender/bootlegger gives you big, sad eyes, puts a gentle hand on your elbow and says, in a hushed voice, "I just don't know, Daily RFT reader. You're still incredibly handsome, but you've changed. I think you have a drinking problem." 

Fear not, you have a brand new excuse! Better yet, it was made by science, so it can't be too close to wrong, can it? 

Next time you start seeing those concerned faces, you can fend them off: "It's not that I hate my life/job/kids/YOU, it's this gosh-darn recession!"

The National Council Alcoholism and Drug Abuse found that alcohol sales for home use have jumped 20 percent during the recession, and people drink about twice as much at home as they would out at a bar. 

There's also the fact that, well, it's a recession, which isn't a so mega-super cheerful and non-drink inspiring time.

"It's pretty obvious people can drink much cheaper staying home than going out," says Dan Duncan, director of community services at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in St. Louis. "I think the concern comes in where an individual who is starting to deal with problems by drinking and isolating themselves, that will set the stage very often for someone to develop a problem."

Problem, or...opportunity for savings? You decide.