Americans turn to food, booze to get through Election Day

November 4, 2020
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Americans appeared to turn to food and booze amid the uncertainty of the presidential race on Election Day.

In a tweet, Google Trends said "fries near me" and "liquor store near me" reached all-time highs in search as election results rolled in Tuesday.

Google said food seemed to be on the minds of many Americans with pizza, Chinese food, liquor stores, sushi and Mexican food leading the top "near me" searches in the hour before the first set of polls were set to close across the country.

Experts say the election has many on edge and anxiety is high.

“I've never seen in all my yeas practicing, which is about 40, I've never seen anything like this in my life,” Dr. Harris Stratyner, a clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said.

The addiction specialist fears the fallout from the election could be triggering for many.

“They're self-medicating, not just with alcohol. They are self-medicating with drugs. They are self-medicating by taking an extra Valium,” he explains.

Dr. Stratyner has told his patients to avoid social media and try to stay positive.

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