Old male employee drinking alcohol at workplace

The pandemic saw a significant increase in alcohol consumption

Rhode Island comedians Kirsten Logan and Frank Gazerro were no strangers to alcohol, often receiving payment in drinks during their nightclub gigs. However, the onset of the pandemic changed everything.

Amidst the crisis, 35-year-old Logan found solace in alcohol, using it to cope with the stress of her job as an emergency veterinarian technician, even as the threat of COVID-19 loomed large. Meanwhile, confined to their home, 40-year-old Gazerro turned to bourbon or occasionally cheap grain alcohol, consuming copious amounts daily. His excessive drinking took a toll, culminating in a frightening trip to the emergency room in the fall of 2021 due to an inflamed liver.

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