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Talking About Alcohol

Facing the COVID-19  pandemic, the countries of the world must take decisive action to stop the spread of the virus. In these critical circumstances, it is essential that everyone is informed about other health risks and hazards so that they can stay safe and healthy.  Below the following article are links to download valuable information regarding alcohol consumption in relations to our changing world during this pandemic.

The National Post ( posted the following article:

According to the National Post, Canadians under age 54 have been drinking more since they started social distancing, according to a Nanos poll commissioned by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). One-quarter of Canadians aged 35 to 54, and one-fifth aged 18 to 34 say they have increased their alcohol consumption, while 10 per cent over 54 report more frequent drinking.



Stress and anxiety can lead to increased substance use, Rita Notarandrea, CEO of CCSA, said in a statement. As can blurred lines between work and downtime, and workdays and weekends. “Disrupted routine may be accompanied by loneliness and anxiety about the current situation,” said Catherine Paradis, senior research and policy analyst at CCSA. “With the possibility that people are stocking up and there is more alcohol in the home than usual, some might drink more than they typically do.”

Canadians drinking their way through the pandemic are far from alone. Alcohol consumption has soared in many parts of the world — and the uptick has some experts concerned that misinformation is playing a role.