38% of New Yorkers are drinking while working remotely

Drinking on the job has hit the remote world.

With most Americans forced out of their offices to remote working situations from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a new study found that drinking-from-home during business hours is on the rise.

A study from Alcohol.org found that 38% of people surveyed in New York reported drinking while working. The study, which interviewed 3,000 people nationwide, found that 67% of Hawaiians are having happy hour during work hours. The next highest states were Virginia and New Hampshire, where half of the residents in both states were drinking while working from home.

For drinking during the workday, the survey found beer as the drink of choice during work hours.

Other key findings included over 1 in 3 respondents saying they are likely to drink more alcohol in isolation, while one-fifth of respondents said they stockpiled on booze for self-isolation.

Drinking has been on the rise since the coronavirus pandemic forced people to social distance and shelter-in-place. A Nielsen study found that alcohol sales were up by 55% near the end of March from where they were in 2019. A similar trend also occurred in sales of wine (66%) and beer (42%).

While a rise in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 crisis, what can seem as a coping mechanism actually has a negative outcome that could even heighten the risk of getting the coronavirus. The World Health Organization said alcohol should be restricted during lockdown because it could put people at risk for the coronavirus.

“Alcohol compromises the body’s immune system and increases the risk of adverse health outcomes,” WHO’s website said in a news brief. “Therefore, people should minimize their alcohol consumption at any time, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.”