The Upside of Recession?

Consumers say they are having more drinks, cigarettes, and sex.

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Trend-spotter Faith Popcorn says all the financial pressure consumers are facing during this down economy is driving many of us to wilder behavior. One in five adult Americans report drinking more, 17 percent say they are smoking more, and 19 percent report increased sexual activity.

Popcorn, chief executive of her eponymous consultancy, says, "In the face of adversity, many people, especially young adults, propose to 'cut loose,' have some fun and worry about the consequences, financial or otherwise, later."

For those following that trend, an economic recovery might be something of a letdown.