When Britain and most other countries were locked out, the need to save lives from the corona virus properly took priority over long-term health problems.
But experts write BMJ today warned that “if we are not prepared to emerge from a pandemic, we will see the impact of increasing alcohol damage over a generation.”
From the week to March 21, alcohol sales rose 67% because many people reacted to the closure of pubs and restaurants by storing drinks at home separately, wrote Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the British Alcohol Health Alliance, and Baroness Ilora Finlay, Chair of the Alcohol Danger Commission. In comparison, overall supermarket sales increased by only 43%.
Just before the pandemic struck the UK, the British Alcohol Health Alliance started the Alcohol Danger Commission, which aims to highlight damage to individuals, families and society.
The evidence so far shows that they’ve struggled with alcohol dependence and those who are on the verge of dependency will need urgent support.
Gilmore and Finlay also point out that alcohol is highly related domestic violence and the initial feature in locking is an increase in calls to domestic violence charities.
While the relationship between alcohol and domestic violence is complex, they say, the study found that as many as 73% of perpetrators of domestic violence had been drinking at the time of the attack.
“As in so many aspects of the corona virus epidemic, only we will see that we will be able to measure the impact of social isolation, job loss, and the financial crisis on the alcohol balance sheet,” they said. However, even at the best of times, NHS alcohol costs exceed £ 3.5 billion (€ 4bn; $ 4.2 billion) and the wider economy is at least £ 21 billion every year.
This report will come out later this year and will call for evidence-based population-level actions on the main drivers of damage, such as price, availability, and marketing, and for the implementation of innovative and cost-effective community peace schemes to reduce alcohol fuel crime.
But Gilmore and Finlay fear that this call will struggle to be heard amid an avalanche of issues that must be addressed once the pandemic starts to diminish.
They predict a further increase in alcoholic liver disease, which had risen before the crisis 19, and a similar surge in the need for alcohol treatment services, which has traditionally been an easy target for cuts when finances are tight.
“We cannot claim to be a country recovering from co-19 if we do not adequately support the most vulnerable among us,” they said.
“We know that investing £ 1 in alcohol treatment services will save £ 3, as well as directly helping affected individuals, often the most vulnerable in society. This time, let’s be ready. Addressing the problem alcohol Losses are an integral part of the nation’s recovery. ”
Editorial: Covid 19 and alcohol – dangerous cocktails, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136 / bmj.m1987 , www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1987
British Medical Journal
Overcoming the adverse effects of alcohol must be an integral part of the country’s recovery from COVID-19 (2020, May 20)
taken May 20, 2020
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