Recent studies have shown the correlation between the pandemic and mental health. In a study conducted by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP
), 27.8% of adults have reported having depressive symptoms, which contrasts the 8.5% of adults who had them before the pandemic. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation
, this has led to difficulty sleeping (36%) and eating (32%), worsening chronic conditions (12%), and an increased consumption in alcohol and other substances (12%). According to the Charlotte Ledger
, ABC stores in Mecklenburg County have sold 29% more liquor than they did last year. Additionally, more customers have switched to buying larger liquor bottles since the start of the pandemic.
The graphs below depict the increase in reported depressive and anxiety disorders between May and July of 2020, as well as the increase in difficulty sleeping, alcohol consumption, and worsening chronic conditions.