It's hard to get an accurate picture of how the pandemic has influenced drug use, but initial data suggests treatment services are reporting increased demand.
COVID-19 is not only disrupting services for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and their families, but may also be linked to an increase in rates due to an uptick in alcohol use.
Even drinking fewer than 14 units of alcohol a week was damaging.
Drinking at "safe" levels was shown to reduce the amount of a person's total brain tissue.
While many people said they drank more during the pandemic, others actually drank less, mainly because socialising at clubs, pubs and parties wasn't possible.
Cylinder seal (left) and modern impression (right) showing two people drinking beer through long straws. Khafajeh, Iraq (Early Dynastic period, c. 2600–2350 B.C.).
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Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
With all the attention focussed on combating the spread of COVID-19 it's easy to forget the other health challenges that could affect us all.
Overseas evidence suggests cannabis law reform should favour caution and strict enforcement of the new rules.
Table service is the new normal at British pubs.
Interviews reveal why some people drank more during lockdown and others gave up alcohol altogether.
With regular music festivals, people can more easily seek help or advice about drug and alcohol or mental health issues. But with drive-ins we need to be creative to minimise harms.
As well as introducing mandatory pregnancy alcohol warning labels, we need to address the high rates of alcohol use during pregnancy at a societal level.
Continued drug dependence treatment for people locked down in housing estates is important. But people not currently in treatment also need support.
Be careful when returning to the pub. Your alcohol tolerance might've changed during lockdown, meaning you could do greater harm to your body.
An avoidable condition.
Lockdown #quarantinis might seem like a way of getting through, but few realise how much drinking can affect the brain.
Honey-alcohol fermentation experiment with chopped “moerwortel” plant additive, Glia prolifera.
Until now the search for early evidence of alcohol has fixated on residue analysis.
Women have reported increased drinking at higher levels than men during the coronavirus pandemic. This is likely because their mental health is suffering.
Beer sales are up.
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Not just individuals, but the government's too.
Are you drinking more while in lockdown? Here are some things to look out for if you're concerned about how much alcohol you're consuming at the moment.
Somali women on a coronavirus awareness campaign.
Some of the false claims about coronavirus may be harmless. But others can be potentially dangerous.
A patron buys a frozen margarita to go in New York City April 2, 2020. Is the quarnatini a safer option?
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OK, we're all getting a little stir-crazy from staying at home. But is a mixed drink with vitamins added really something we should consider?
Shopping for wine in Seattle, where many liquor stores are considered “essential businesses.”
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Sales of alcohol have reported jumped by around a quarter as people bulk buy wine, beers and spirits. That could lead to a range of short-term and long-term problems.