The pandemic has caused a spike in alcohol sales

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Alcohol sales have surged nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The past three months show a 27% increase in alcohol sales across the nation. Reports say Americans spent $1 billion on beer over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Councilors with Burrell say they are seeing more people seeking help for their heavy use of alcohol.

“We have a lot of people that voluntarily call us and ask for services,” said Neal DeSha, assistant director of recovery services. “They are not mandated by a parole officer or a probation officer, they voluntarily reach out to us and that takes a lot of courage.”

Burrell statistics show a nearly 24% increase in crisis line calls related to substance abuse from April to May.

For more information on Burrell therapy and counseling, click here.

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