Getting through the winter can be brutal, and it turns out a lot of folks who are dealing with the cold are apparently relying on booze to get them through it.
A new study by the University of Pittsburgh finds people who live in colder climates drink more alcohol than those who live where it’s warm. Looking at climate and alcohol consumption data from the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization, the study found that alcohol consumption and binge drinking goes UP as sunlight hours decrease.
As for why, since alcohol increases warm blood flow in the skin, researchers suggest folks could be drinking booze to keep warm. In addition they note that the decrease in sunlight is linked to higher rates of depression, which also increases drinking.
Source: New York Post