Global studies have shown that while alcohol consumption has not increased across the board during the Covid-19 pandemic, some people have increasingly turned to the bottle to better cope.
A South African study , published in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found earlier this year that “heavy intermittent drinkers consumed more alcohol than usual during both increased and decreased lockdown restrictions and reported, therefore more Drinking alcohol made them feel stressed, they needed to relax and they were bored.”
SA experienced four alcohol bans during the pandemic.
An international study published in February found that the pandemic habits affected people’s alcohol consumption differently depending on individual and environmental conditions.
“During the first months of the first wave of Covid-19 ber About a quarter of the study samples saw an increase in alcohol consumption and a quarter saw an increase in alcohol consumption and a decrease in consumption.”
A recent study from Australia found similar results,
< p>“Although overall alcohol consumption did not appear to have increased during the pandemic, our findings emphasize that alcohol consumption remains high and identify a number of factors that may be associated with alcohol consumption at elevated risk levels.” People with mental symptoms and those with greater opportunities for social drinking can be important targets for public health interventions aimed at reducing harmful alcohol use.”
A study was conducted found an increase in home delivery of alcohol, but reduced opportunities for social drinking may have reduced alcohol consumption for others.
It called for “a better understanding of the motivations for drinking in public and private contexts, along with targeted support for at-risk groups”.
The World Health Organization said that social distancing “reduces alcohol availability, so it’s a great opportunity to increase your alcohol consumption to reduce and become healthier”.
It advised those in quarantine or working from home to adopt a strict schedule and not be tempted to drink or hoard alcohol during the day.
“If you’re working from home, stick to your usual workplace rules and don’t drink.” Remember, you should still be able to work after lunch, which you can’t do while under the influence of alcohol.
“Alcohol is not a necessary part of your diet, nor should it be a priority on your grocery list. Avoid hoarding alcohol at home as it may increase your alcohol consumption and that of others in your household.
“Your time, money and other resources are better invested in buying healthy and nutritious food that keep you in good health and boost your immune system response.”
A study in the South African Medical Journal found that “completely restricting the sale of alcohol resulted in a statistically significant reduction in unnatural deaths, regardless of the duration of the curfew.”
“On the contrary, periods of no or limited alcohol restrictions in place did not have a significant impact or resulted in significantly more unnatural deaths,” she added.< /p>
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