Increased alcohol consumption and cannabis use during the pandemic

Consommation accrue d’alcool et de cannabis pendant la pandémie

The pandemic of the COVID-19 has caused to Canadians, and especially young people, to consume more alcohol and cannabis ; a situation that is of concern to the canadian Red Cross.

The organization conducted several surveys in April, may and June in order to compare the consumption of the citizens before and during the crisis.

Over a period of two weeks, 26 % of individuals surveyed reported having consumed more alcohol during the pandemic.

Same observation on the side of cannabis, which has experienced a resurgence during the crisis. In fact, 27% of respondents say they have consumed more in one month of a pandemic, compared to their usual use.

According to Leger, it would be a net gain of 15 % on the consumption of alcohol and cannabis use among Canadians. The numbers are even more overwhelming for the age group of 18-to 34-year-old, whose absorption of alcohol has increased by 23 %.

The results of this probe have led the Red Cross and the canadian Centre on addictions and substance use (CCDUS) to issue recommendations to young adults, who have felt more anxiety, restlessness and discomfort in past month (17% more than the other respondents).

“The consumption of substances during the COVID-19 has not increased for the majority of young adults, but we must concern ourselves with the portion which is struggling to cope with the present situation, supported by news Rita Notarandrea of the CCDUS. This seems to be related to stress, anxiety, loneliness, boredom and lack of routine, but it takes more research and analysis on this issue.”

To gather these results, the Cross-Red Light and have conducted interviews with a representative sample of 2280 people. More than three-quarters of the respondents had also been surveyed during the months of April and may.

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