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Open Access Zoom (Virtual) Happy Hours and Drinking During COVID-19 in the US: An Exploratory Qualitative Study

This article is Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND licence.

Objective: In this study, we investigated video conferencing platforms (eg, Zoom) used as a means to gather virtually as a unique drinking environment during the pandemic. Methods: Using online recruitment strategies, we conducted 42 qualitative Zoom® interviews. Interviewees were 21-64 years of age from various locations in the United States. Results: During the pandemic, most individuals reported higher drinking intake to offset boredom and stress. As a drinking environment, video conferencing calls were perceived as poor substitutes for in-person drinking interactions. Conclusions: Our data suggest drinking behaviors and contexts changed during the pandemic restrictions, but virtual happy hours did not drive this change.

Keywords: ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION; CORONAVIRUS; COVID-19; PANDEMIC; SARS-CoV-2; VIRTUAL HAPPY HOURS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2021

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