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Increase in depression and anxiety, but reduction in alcohol-related harm for young Australians during COVID-19

Jun 18, 2021

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), at UNSW Sydney, has recently published an article titled “Increase in depression and anxiety, but reduction in alcohol-related harm for young Australians during COVID-19”. 

The research used data from the Australian Parental Supply of Alcohol Longitudinal Study (APSALS). The researchers found that young people generally have low engagement with mental health treatment, often self-reliant in coping with mental health challenges. 

The researchers also found that alcohol use among young people during the COVID-19 pandemic decreased by 17%, with alcohol-related harm decreasing by 34%. This is most likely related to young people often consuming alcohol outside the home environment. COVID-19 restrictions limited how much time young people spent outside of the home during lockdown periods, which then led to decreases in alcohol use and harm. 

Go to Increase in depression and anxiety, but reduction in alcohol-related harm for young Australians during COVID-19 | NDARC - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (unsw.edu.au)