Booze buying surges in US during coronavirus outbreak

(CNN) - Many Americans appear to be turning to alcohol to occupy their time during the coronavirus outbreak.

Nielsen reports booze sales jumped 55% in the third week of March compared to the same time last year. That was the week several states issued shelter-in-place orders.

As bars and restaurants shut down, drinkers stocked up on alcohol because liquor and grocery stores stayed open.

Nielsen data shows ready-to-drink cocktails like spiked lemonades or canned gin and tonics doubled in sales.

With many losing their jobs and a deep recession potentially looming, alcohol sales could drop in April.

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