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Has the pandemic driven us to drink?


With Melbourne being sent back into lockdown last week, it’s time to ask, “has the pandemic highlighted our problem with booze?” 


20 percent of us say our alcohol consumption has increased since the pandemic began. Caterina Giorgi is CEO of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).  She says we’re drinking more – and it’s women in particular who are seeking more help to cope with their boozing.


Women say they’re hitting the bottle more because of greater childcare responsibilities. Like home-schooling.  So why are we drinking more – and what should you do about your pandemic hangover.



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Episode 124

Season 2