Alcohol use among young Australians during the covid-19 pandemic
Nov 19, 2021
An article has been published in the journal “Addiction” titled “Alcohol use among young Australian adults in May-June 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic: a prospective cohort study.” The study involved analysing data from a longitudinal study that has been collecting alcohol-related data from a cohort of 1927 families recruited in 2010 in New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia. In April 2020 (when the first nation-wide lockdown occurred) a short survey was sent to participants looking at alcohol and other drug use. Overall consumption of alcohol during the survey period declined by 17% compared with February 2020 (prior to the first lockdown). There was also a 35% decline in the rate of alcohol related harms in the same period.