Drinking more during the pandemic? You're not alone

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Recent studies show that Americans are drinking more during the pandemic. What’s the line between harmless fun and a harmful habit?
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Recent studies show that Americans are drinking more during the pandemic. What’s the line between harmless fun and a harmful habit?

MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with Dr. Joseph Lee, medical director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Youth Continuum, and a 45-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous to talk about the danger of using alcohol to ease the stress of daily life and how to get help.

MPR’s chief meteorologist Paul Huttner also joined the program to share some Minnesota snow facts.

Guests:

  • Dr. Joseph Lee, psychiatrist and the medical director of Hazelden Betty Ford’s program for young people, Youth Continuum.

  • Terry L., longtime member of Alcoholics Anonymous and lives in Victoria, Minn. He has been sober for 45 years.

  • Paul Huttner, MPR’s chief meteorologist.

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