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Alcohol and COVID-19: What You Should Know

Alcohol Use Disorders and COVID-19

Alcohol use disorders are characterized by high consumption levels and loss of control over alcohol consumption. Heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), one of the most serious complications of COVID-19.

People with an alcohol use disorder are also at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus because they are more likely to be homeless or incarcerated than other members of the population. Therefore, in current conditions, it is important that people who need help due to their alcohol use get all the support they need.

If you or someone close to you has problems drinking alcohol, please note the following:

  • The current situation is a good opportunity to stop drinking or at least reduce it significantly, as various incentives and situations of peer pressure such as parties, meeting friends, going to restaurants and clubs no longer occur.
  • Try to keep up with your daily routine as much as possible, focus on things that you can control, and try to stay relaxed - for example through daily exercise, hobbies or relaxation exercises.
  • Maintain physical distancing, but do not isolate yourself socially: call or write to friends, colleagues, neighbors and relatives.
  • Ask someone you trust to be your contact person - either in person or over the phone.
  • If necessary, get additional help, including anonymous help, e.g. B. through online counseling, online interventions by professionals, or self-help groups.
  • Disinfectant alcohol can easily become accessible for consumption purposes in domestic isolation. It is therefore important to keep such products out of the reach of those who may abuse them.
  • If you develop COVID-19, talk to your doctor or hospital staff about your alcohol consumption so that you receive the most appropriate treatment for you.