UNITED STATES, US — Alcoholic beverage sales in the US shot up 55% in the third week of March compared to the same time a year ago, according to a new report from Nielsen. That’s when several states ordered people to “shelter in place.”  Those social distancing guidelines forced restaurants and bars across the country to close, leaving service industry workers stranded at home.

 

“There seems to be some correlation there, but we can’t quite put our finger on it,” a representative of the global marketing research firm told us.

 

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