Alcohol

How Bad Is Maine’s Pandemic Drinking Problem?
How Bad Is Maine’s Pandemic Drinking Problem?
It's no surprise to anyone that Mainers have drunk more during the pandemic. For many of us, it's the reason we are carrying around an extra 10 pounds these days. But the effects of Mainers alcohol use, and misuse, especially during the past year, have led to some unfortunate consequences. We know that nationally 32% of people were binge-drinking in 2020 and that 60% of us increased our daily consumption of alcohol. In 2020, 584 Mainers had an alcohol-related death. That's a 28% increase from 2019 and a 75% increase from 2015. The State of Maine recently released a brief on alcohol use in Maine. It's certainly worth a read. Here are some key findings:
Booze Prices Going Up
Booze Prices Going Up
If you've been enjoying the comparable prices of booze in Maine to other states, specifically New Hampshire, then you better stock up while you can. According to Scott Thistle of the Portland Press Herald, prices in Maine are about to go way up...
The Drunkest Counties In Maine
The Drunkest Counties In Maine
I found an article that caught my eye on the website onlyinyourstate.com. It ranked the top ten drunkest counties in Maine. In recent data, Maine sits near the top in alcohol consumption nationwide. These rankings are based from data from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps and their look at those saying they engage in excessive drinking. They also used data of the highest number of bars per capit