At least 316 million people in the United States are being urged to stay at home in order to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, many Americans are discovering what it’s like to work from home for the first time in their lives.
Americans are even drinking while working remotely, according to a new study from Alcohol.org. This new work routine may give some explanation as to why productivity has decreased 7.2% across the country since remote work became the norm as stay-at-home orders have rolled out due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The states where residents are most likely to drink during work hours while working from home
Residents of Hawaii are most likely to trade the coffee cup for a wine glass during working hours, with 67% of Hawaii residents reporting that they have drank alcohol during working hours while in quarantine.
While Hawaii topped the list, Rhode Island was not too far behind, with 60% saying that they have drank alcohol during working hours. Half of Virginians said they have drank while working remotely during the coronavirus quarantine.
Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Idaho, Nevada and Montana all followed those states with about 40% of residents each saying they have enjoyed a cocktail while on the clock.
The states where residents are least likely to drink during work hours while working from home
Of states where residents are least likely to drink alcohol during work hours, Arkansas led the pack with only 8% of Arkansas residents saying they have drank while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Following Arkansas was Mississippi with only 13% of respondents saying they have participated in this scandalous activity, and then came Delaware and Maine with 15% each.
Preferences of workers who are drinking on the clock
The study, based on a survey of 3,000 American workers, also found out preferences of those who drink alcohol while on the clock but working from home.
According to the survey, beer is the most popular drink of choice to consume during work hours.
While some may be drinking a beer or two near the end of their shift, over 33% of survey respondents said that they are likely to drink more alcohol in isolation.
Officials warned us not to “panic buy” groceries, but no one mentioned anything about alcohol shopping habits. According to the survey, 20% of respondents reported stockpiling alcohol for self-isolation.