Early in the pandemic, my drinking changed. Our 20-something daughter fled New York and moved back home, bringing Brooklyn cocktail culture with her. Mules, Manhattans, margaritas, martinis — my beer-or-wine routine was pleasantly upended. But despite a half century of (mostly) sensible drinking experience, hangovers suddenly became more frequent.
Our family wasn’t drinking alone. During the pandemic, 14 percent of older adults reported drinking more, according to a national survey by University of Michigan researchers. (However, 27 percent drank less, possibly because work-related and social drinking became less frequent.) Of those ages 50 to 80 who do drink, 23 percent downed three or more drinks in a typical session. Read more…..