“At the beginning, we reveled in our drinking, clinking our “quarantinis” and cheering when states like California relaxed alcohol regulations to allow takeout cocktails as a lifeline to struggling restaurants. But the past year also saw a surge of interest in sobriety. At least 13% of people intend to take a month off drinking in 2021, according to a new Wine Market Council poll.” SF Chronicle: Pandemic drinking shows America’s all-or-nothing attitude toward alcohol: binge or be sober.

+ While there’s an up and down quality to our drinking, there are signs that it’s been mostly up during the pandemic. NPR: Sharp, ‘Off The Charts’ Rise In Alcoholic Liver Disease Among Young Women.