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It's 9-5 o'clock somewhere: Survey shows nearly half of Americans working at home are drinking on the job

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(NEW YORK) — It’s already known that easy access to your kitchen is leading many Americans working at home to pack on the pounds, but a new survey says some are also tying one on while technically on the job. 

The non-scientific survey sponsored by alcohol-free beer alternative HOPWTR shows that 46% of those working from home have knocked off early at least once to have a drink during quarantine.  Another 45% of the 2,000 respondents said they’ve had a drink while on the clock.

The survey also showed that 53% of those respondents say they’ve been drinking more since the pandemic started.  That’s probably not a surprise, considering 64% say they’ve participated in a virtual happy hour with co-workers since the quarantine began. 

As for why all the drinking, 53% say the news cycle has led them to imbibe more than they used to.  In fact, with 2021 coming fast — and hopefully more good news with it — six in ten say they plan to drink less for the remainder of this year, and one in five say they want to drink less next year.  Fifty-three percent also say they vow to exercise more in 2021, 51% say they plan to eat more fruits and vegetables, and 36% say they want to start meal planning.

Other bad habits the respondents admitted to picking up during the pandemic include snacking too much on comfort food (40%), drinking too much caffeine (32%), and staying in their pajamas all day (23%).

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