'Pandemic drinking' among women increases, survey finds

45% of participants said increased drinking was due to increased stress, 34% said it was due to the availability of the alcohol, and 30% said boredom.

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- You heard him say he didn't know how to get help for his alcoholism.

SAMICA KNIGHT: So oftentimes, that that's when family and friends come in. ABC 13 reporter Charly Edsitty is live with expert advice on when to speak up. Charly?

CHARLY EDSITTY: Yeah, Samica, you said it. Sometimes it takes friends or family members to be the ones to say something. But oftentimes that conversation can be incredibly difficult to initiate. And this morning we're actually focusing our stories on the increase of women drinking during this pandemic. But obviously, that conversation to help somebody is important for anybody who might need it.

MARY BECK: I think being aware that just because something seems normal doesn't mean it's healthy.

CHARLY EDSITTY: Pandemic drinking is on the rise, and Mary Beck says The Council on Recovery has been receiving the phone calls for help.

MARY BECK: And just taking inventory for yourself. Look back over your past year. What has changed?

CHARLY EDSITTY: If drinking is your answer, you may need to ask yourself why. For women in particular, it may be for a variety of reasons.

MARY BECK: Are you thinking about it throughout the day? Is it preoccupying your time? Is it interfering with your ability and your happiness?

CHARLY EDSITTY: If you notice this in yourself, then it may be time for help. If you notice this in a loved one, it may be time to speak up. The conversation should not focus on problems or shortcomings, which may discourage someone. Instead, focus on approaching from a loving and compassionate place.

MARY BECK: You know, we love you, and we notice that-- and we know that you've always expressed your dreams and your vision for your life and for your family. And you don't seem to be living that.

CHARLY EDSITTY: And a friendly reminder here of serving sizes. You can see there that one serving size of beer is 12 ounces, wine is 5 ounces, and liquor is 1 and 1/2 ounces. Men should have no more than two drinks per day, and women just one drink per day. And guys, just an incredibly important conversation to either have with yourself or to have with a family member or a loved one. If you need any help in having that conversation, The Council on Recovery is here to help you. Their number's at the bottom of your screen. I'll read it out to you, 713-942-4100. Definitely get yourself some help if you need it. I'm going to toss it back inside to you. Charly Edsitty, ABC 13 Eyewitness News.

- Yeah, interesting thing you just said, Charly. Have the conversation with yourself, which is what Dan Huberty said. You know, tell yourself, hey, I've got a problem. I need help. And then seek out people, as you said. The conversation then with somebody else sure.

SAMICA KNIGHT: For sure. All right. Thank you. Thank you very much, Charly, for this story.