The research firm NielsenIQ noted alcohol sales dipped some in March after a significant surge since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But sales remain much higher than they were before the pandemic. On top of that, in a study by Iowa State University, women reported drinking more and more often during the pandemic. We’ll look into what’s behind the statistics, and concerns about what they mean for issues like drunk driving and alcohol related health problems that already affect Native Americans disproportionately.
Danica Brown (citizen of the Choctaw Nation) – behavior health director for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Dr. Paul Romo – addictions psychiatrist
JB Kinlacheeny (Navajo) – national lead for the alcohol and substance abuse program for the Indian Health Services
Break 1 music: Tānerore (song) NRG Rising (artist) Say Yes to Life (album)
Break 2 music: Blokétu Čháŋ Ȟtayétu (song) Alex Firethunder (artist) Love for the Land (album)