Alcohol Abuse & COVID-19
A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine titled “Alcohol Consumption during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Survey of US Adults,” explored how the pandemic has affected alcohol abuse rates. The study found that:
“Participants who reported experiencing ‘very much’ or ‘extreme’ stress due to COVID-19 also reported consuming significantly more alcohol than participants who did not report these high levels of stress. In other words, stressed participants consumed alcohol on 2.3 more days over the past 30 days than non-stressed participants. It also showed an increase in the number of alcohol drinks consumed over the past 30 days by stressed participants, with these participants reporting consuming 4.6 more drinks than non-stressed participants. Top concerns during COVID-19 for respondents, included having to socially distance (76.5%); having less time to spend with family members and friends (60.1%); and schools and daycares being closed (47.1%).”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that some people had increased their alcohol intake because they believed that drinking alcohol would protect them from the virus. The reality is, consuming alcohol weakens the immune system and ultimately makes it more difficult to overcome serious illnesses like COVID-19. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of acute respiratory issues like pneumonia, which has been linked to the virus.
If you or someone you love has been negatively affected by the pandemic and has resorted to using alcohol or other chemical substances, Pine Tree Recovery Center is available to help. Our addiction treatment programs focus on equipping clients with the skills they need to maintain fulfilling sobriety for years to come.