Eric, a blogger at Kans Law Firm, share that of the many side effects of Covid-19 increased alcohol consumption is an overlooked but concerning reaction. Sales shot up by 55 percent by the end of March 2020 and 16 percent of people reported drinking more because of the lockdown restrictions.
From boredom and social isolation to crippling anxiety and depression, there are many reasons why alcohol consumption has increased during this unprecedented time. But the fact remains, excessive alcohol consumption is detrimental to physical and mental health.
Research is now highlighting the link between excessive alcohol consumption and severe Covid-19 symptoms, so it is important to understand the risks of alcohol abuse during Covid-19 restrictions and what can be done to help those in need.
How Much Alcohol is Too Much?
Drinking more than 14 units a week is considered a risk to health. This is the equivalent of six pints of beer or 10 small glasses of wine. Although this might not seem like a lot, this is classed as excessive and if you are regularly drinking more than this every week, evidence shows you could be doing lasting damage.
How Does Alcohol Impact Your Body and Your Immune System?
Drinking too much alcohol affects almost every major function in the body. From damaging the central nervous system to increasing the risk of liver cancer, most people are aware of the negative health implications of excessive alcohol consumption.
However, in light of the ongoing pandemic, new research is highlighting the link between alcohol consumption and the immune system.
Excessive alcohol makes it difficult for the immune system to work effectively against infection. It has been shown to damage the immune cells in the lungs and digestive system, which puts those who drink alcohol at more risk from Covid-19.