Various reports state staying at home due to the pandemic has to lead to an increase in high-risk alcohol consumption among adults in the U.K.
In comparison, 44% of cannabis users reported increased use of the drug. The study also found that social drinking moved online during the pandemic. The number of people drinking alone at home while on audio or video calls, such as Zoom meetings, or during “watch parties”, where friends view and discuss films and TV programmes together via group chat, increased from 17% to 38%.
People with alcohol use disorder are more likely to develop complications if they catch Covid-19. So, UK guidelines advise people to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spreading consumption over three days or more. The UK Government is also releasing funds to reduce the health-related harms of drug misuse by introducing alcohol care teams in hospitals where alcohol-related admissions are high.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.