Coronavirus: Is it normal for alcohol consumption to increase while curfews remain?
In many parts of the world, there are signs that curfew restrictions increase consumption habits, especially alcohol consumption, to control the coronavirus epidemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that alcohol consumption is increasing, which in turn weakens the immune system of people. WHO urged governments to take steps to reduce alcohol consumption during the period of curfews.
According to Nielsen, a market researcher, alcohol consumption in the US grew 55 percent. In a study in the UK, 21 percent of respondents said they started consuming more alcohol during this period. In the same study, 35 percent of respondents stated that they reduced alcohol or stopped it altogether.
Clare Pooley, a blogger, and writer who made a book of what she had experienced during the quitting of alcohol said that “there are so many reasons” behind people increasing their alcohol consumption during this period.
Speaking to the BBC on the subject, Pooley said, “There is a close relationship between alcohol and anxiety. We train ourselves to think that we need to drink a glass when we are under stress for a long time. In this period, people automatically say, but they are in the middle of a global pandemic, ”
“The way some people deal with the current situation”
Pooley stated that she quit alcohol five years ago and that this period could actually give a good excuse to end alcohol consumption.
“Alcohol also weakens the immune system, and it is very natural that you want to maintain your best form both mentally and physically during this period,” Pooley said.
Claire Rostron, a senior health science lecturer at Open University, also stated that people were under severe stress during this period and that alcohol helped both the secretion of the dopamine hormone that makes people feel better and sleep more comfortably.
“This is how some people cope with the current situation. They are going through a period when they need to adapt and want to put a glass of wine or beer,” Rostron said.
Coronavirus began to change consumption habits
The coronavirus outbreak began to change not only alcohol but also consumption habits in general.
A study by consulting firm Wazir Advisors showed that the apparel industry is expected to shrink $ 300 billion by 2020 in the European Union and the USA.
Research in the US reveals that travel spending has declined, but health spending and alcohol consumption has increased.
Shopping malls, bars, and restaurants are among the businesses that suffered losses in this period.
However, there is also an increase in the retail sector and drug purchases.