According to Nielsen data, sales of alcoholic beverages in the US increased 55% compared to this time last year, and online sales are up 243% over one year ago.
After just two months in business, retail marijuana stores were deemed essential and could remain open while other businesses closed. According to Politico, states with legal marijuana have seen sales spike as much as 20%.
This increased use in the home may affect youth perceptions of when and how often people drink alcohol or use marijuana, which can influence how they choose to deal with anxiety or boredom in the future. Furthermore, more alcohol and marijuana in the home can make it easier for teens to experiment.
“Availability makes it very difficult to maintain abstinence,” said Dr. Danish Alam, addiction psychologist at Northwestern Medicine. “If you think of it purely from an addiction doctor perspective, availability is the #1 risk factor.”
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