Tagged: Mental Health

REPORT: Alcohol Policy and Coronavirus: An Open Research Agenda

There are many implications from the COVID-19 counter-measures for research on alcohol consumption, harms, and policies – in high- and low-income countries – related to rapid changes in the supply, demand, marketing, alcohol consumption contexts, associated risks, and other environmental factors known to influence alcohol-related outcomes…

REPORT: Consuming Alcohol Alone: COVID-19, Lockdown, and Alcohol-Related Harm

Globally significant health issues that existed before COVID-19 have not gone away: in many instances, the pandemic may have exacerbated the problem.
Alcohol-related harm is one such case.
While these preliminary data must be treated with caution, they hint at the emergence of a subgroup of alcohol users at risk of establishing potentially dangerous patterns of alcohol consumption during lockdown.
The disruption of COVID-19 thus has a potential double effect: individuals are put under stresses that increase risk of relapse, while also experiencing disruption of the social networks that might otherwise help maintain sobriety. Preliminary signs suggest that increased alcohol use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic is manifesting as alcohol-related liver disease.
Governments must incorporate warnings about the harms of heavy alcohol consumption into their public health messaging about COVID-19…

NEWS: Australia: Rising Alcohol Availability Threatens Public Health, Safety and Savings

Alcohol delivery services in Australia are increasing alcohol availability and failing to meet the basic health standards according to results of a new survey. The results coincide with Australians spending superannuation funds released due to COVID-19 crisis for non essential goods and services including alcohol. The developments clearly show a perfect storm forming of exploitative alcohol industry practices, increasing alcohol use problems and the ongoing global pandemic…

NEWS: People’s Alcohol Issues Become More Problematic During COVID-19

Reports from civil society are showing that people’s alcohol issues are becoming more problematic during COVID-19. Civil society is facing a surge in demand following a “tsunami of need” created by COVID-19. For instance, a survey commissioned by Action on Addiction reports that COVID-19 may have caused a rise in alcohol use and related problems such as addiction in the UK…

NEWS: WHO Europe: FAQs About Alcohol and COVID-19

The World Health Organization European regional office has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about alcohol and COVID-19. This is a timely follow-up to the guidance and advice on alcohol and COVID-19 that the WHO Regional Offices for Europe, the Americas (PAHO) and the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) had already released in April 2020.The FAQs cover the following questions related to alcohol and COVID-19: Are people who drink alcohol at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?…

NEWS: UK and COVID-19: Half of Alcohol Users Begin Consumption Earlier

Half of British alcohol users are starting their alcohol consumption earlier in the day during the COVID-19 crisis. The Global Drug Survey finds big rises in binge alcohol use and poor health during lockdown. Findings also illustrate that more alcohol consumption leads to less well-being and less alcohol use leads to better well-being for people…

NEWS: COVID-19 Australia: Alcohol’s Role in Family Violence Revealed

A new study has found has revealed alcohol plays a role in family violence in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key results from the survey indicate nearly half (47%) of the respondents reported an increase in their case load since COVID-19 restrictions began…

REPORT: New Findings From the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Survey: Social Media, Social Determinants, and Mental Health

This supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health highlights research from the latest Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) 2017–2018 survey, which includes data from 45 countries across Europe and North America. The articles in the supplement, cover the social determinants of health, social media, mentalhealth, and other aspects of adolescent well-being…

NEWS: India: Alcohol Harms Economy, Fuels COVID-19

India started to relax COVID-19 restrictions as they entered what is called the third phase of the lockdown from May 4, 2020. One of the first steps seen with lockdown relaxation was lifting of the alcohol sales ban in states. This has already led to negative consequences and is predicted to lead to even more grave repercussions in the coming months and years…

NEWS: Ireland: Surge in Daily Take-Home Alcohol Sales

Ireland sees a worrying surge in daily take-home alcohol sales. A significant number of Irish people report increased alcohol consumption, especially younger adults. Alcohol-related violence is also rising, prompting calls from affected communities to limit the amount of alcohol that can be purchased during the current public health crisis. Community leaders and public health experts express grave concern about a new tsunami of alcohol problems in the wake of COVID-19…