Have YOU enjoyed a quarantini during work? HALF of people logging on from home admit they’ve had a drink while working as Americans open up about their worst lockdown habits
- A new survey reveals that 46% of people who have been working from home amid the pandemic have secretly signed off early to have a drink
- Nearly half of those surveyed confessed to drinking during the working day
- 53% of people said that they have been consuming more alcohol during the pandemic, with two thirds blaming that on virtual happy hours with colleagues
- The other most common lockdown habits include snacking throughout the day, failing to exercise, and consuming too much caffeine
Nearly half of all Americans who have been working from home have confessed to drinking while logged on.
While opening up about their worst lockdown habits, a whopping 45 per cent of people admitted to enjoying an alcohol beverage during the working day, while 46 per cent said that they have secretly signed off early in order to start drinking.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 53 per cent of people also said that they have been drinking much more regularly during the pandemic – with two thirds of those with jobs blaming their increased alcohol intake on virtual happy hours with colleagues.
Rule breakers: Nearly half of Americans who have been working from home have confessed to drinking during the day (stock image)
Over half (52 per cent) of respondents also blamed the stress of the news, revealing that they have felt the need to drink while watching it on TV.
The worst lockdown habits revealed
- Snacking more throughout the day – 40%
- Eating more comfort foods – 39%
- Not eating as many fruits and vegetables as they should – 33%
- Drinking too much caffeine – 32%
- Eating more junk food – 32%
- Not eating three meals a day – 31%
- Drinking too much alcohol – 26% (only shown to those 21+)
- Not exercising – 25%
- Staying in pajamas all day – 23%
- Oversleeping during a workday while working from home – 11%
It’s no surprise then, that six in 10 adults aged 21 and over revealed that they will be trying to drink less for the remainder of 2020.
The alcohol-themed admissions were shared as part of a survey of 2,000 Americans conducted by OnePoll and non-alcoholic beverage brand HOP WTR, which saw people opening up about the worst habits they have picked up during 2020 as a result of the pandemic.
And having a few extra drinks isn’t the only habit that respondents have picked up during lockdown.
Productivity took a serious hit in 2020, with 11 per cent of people admitting that they have overslept during a workday while logging on from home.
Food habits also took a turn for the unhealthy during quarantine – which saw a huge rise in the number of people baking sweet treats to enjoy.
Two in five of all 2,000 respondents confessed that they’ve been snacking more and eating more comfort foods as quarantine continues – with the average person revealing that they’ve been stress eating an average of three times a week.
Other bad habits picked up during this time included drinking too much caffeine (32 per cent) and staying in their pajamas all day (23 per cent).
As each day drags into the next, it’s no surprise that one in 10 respondents working from home also found it harder and harder to get out of bed during the workweek and often oversleep.
This isn’t an issue exclusive to those working from home either, as 32 per cent of all respondents said they just aren’t getting enough sleep during quarantine.
With all of these bad habits adding up, 45 per cent of respondents said they’re worried they’ll never be able to fall out of these routines.
‘I was that statistic,’ admitted HOP WTR founder Nick Taranto. ‘I found myself reaching for one too many IPAs, putting on weight and waking up hungover more days than I could justify.
How people plan to get healthy in 2021
Exercise regularly – 53%
Eat more fruits and vegetables – 51%
Meal planning – 36%
Regulate their sleep schedule – 35%
Jogging – 33%
Portion control – 29%
Fad diet – 23%
‘I wanted to break the habit and when I couldn’t find The Healthy Alternative to Beer, I decided to go create it!
‘I wanted something that pays homage to my favorite IPA, but rather than leave me with a cloudy head that night and the next day, actually clears the brain fog because it’s packed with nootropics rather than booze.’
While they look to the new year, 70 per cent of people said they plan on starting 2021 with a clean slate to improve their health.
Some of the top goals for the new year included the go-to resolutions of exercising (53 per cent), eating more fruits and veggies (51 per cent) and meal planning (36 per cent).
One in five respondents aged 21 and over said their top goal for 2021 is to drink less alcohol.
‘2020 has been rough, so it’s no surprise alcohol intake has increased,’ acknowledged Taranto.
‘But, since this is going on longer than most of us imagined it would, and our levels of alcohol consumption aren’t sustainable if we want to remain healthy, non-alcoholic options like HOP WTR make a lot of sense for people when they turn over their new leaf and say goodbye to 2020.
‘It helps get rid of brain fog rather than produce it, so people can go into the new year with a clear head and leave behind what has been a very challenging year for almost everyone.’