BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New research suggests that COVID-related stress is leading people to some unhealthy habits. Results from an RTI International survey show a 27% increase in binge drinking in the past month.
"Given the pandemic, the stress and those kinds of things there's this inclination to self treat. Alcohol is probably the most available of the legal drugs if you will," said Dr. Luther K. Robinson, owner of an alcohol-free bar.
Survey results showed a significant increase in those who are black, female and parents trying to cope with the stress of the pandemic. Local moms say it is certainly taking a toll on them.
"I have to be a wife, a mother, a principal, a lunch aid, I have to be a disciplinarian, a warden," said La'Shea Green-Thomas, mother of three.
The Horizon Village Terrace House says they're seeing the impacts locally and even when people seek treatment, it's on a short term basis.
"It's quick access. They were deemed essential businesses. It's normalized in these kinds of scenarios," said Jeremy Hitt, Director of Terrace House.
But there are other ways to cope right here in our community. Horizon Health Services offers an array of services. Speak Easy in the Lovejoy Neighborhood has been a safe community for many in Buffalo, an alcohol-free bar.
"It's important to me because we don't have a place like this that people can go to that are sober. We do great activities, we do trivia night, we do karaoke," said Crystal Huss.
It's a community, a distraction and a family. One that helped Huss through her darkest times.
"I'm glad I made that decision to be separated and part of my children's lives. You are not alone, you are not alone," said Huss.