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Anxiety is isolated in home drinking

One third of Norwegians say they drink less alcohol since the start of the pandemic, according to a survey of alcohol habits people in Norway. At 12 percentages, however, drinking has increased and these are often people who sit alone at home at work. or study, struggling with ill health, loneliness or financial challenges. AFP

One third of Norwegians, including young people, say they drink less alcohol during the pandemic than before it 12 percent of the population say they have increased their drinking since the epidemic began.

These results are among those surveyed by Silje Mæland, assistant professor at the Institute for Global Health and Community Medicine (n. Institutt for global helse). and community medicine) at the University of Bergen, revealed when she asked 29. Norwegians on drinking habits during the coronation period, but the partners of the University of Bergen in the survey were Helse Bergen and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, FHI.

Among the group that has had more contact with Bakkus, the thirteen percent, had the most provided for increased drinking among respondents who suffer from poor health, loneliness and financial problems, according to Mæland and her partners.

Silje Mæland, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Global Health and community medicine at the University of Bergen, says some of her and her colleagues’ results are positive, others are food for thought and even concern. Photo / Submitted

“What is particularly thought-provoking to us are the results that those who carry the most belly bows look for alcohol the most,” says Mæland with the Norwegian state radio NRK. “These are people who are financially strapped or isolated from work or study at home. We see a strong correlation between increased anxiety and increased drinking. ”

Decreased party drinking Mæland says that long lines at the doors of Norwegian liquor stores, which have been seen in media footage lately, are a sign that people are hoarding alcohol and preparing for the continuation of the loneliness that has been a characteristic side effect of the coronavirus around the world. ) If the answers of the participants in the study can be marked, alcohol consumption has mainly decreased among the group of people who drink primarily in connection with entertainment and gatherings – and perhaps this should come as no surprise. Af 18. one third of the respondents belong to this group and younger people are prominent there.

“This is of course a positive result,” says Mæland, “but on the other hand you can look so that now there is an increase in drinking among a new group of people of all ages 29 to 39 years old, “she adds.

In terms of age, they are people of age 60 to 68 years who drink the most, the age group drinks on average 3.7 units of alcohol per week, but a unit of alcohol refers to twelve grams of alcohol, an amount equivalent to one small beer ( cl) to strength 4.5% or a small wine glass () where the wine is 000% to strength.

For comparison, the alcohol consumption of the age group til) 29 3.3 units of alcohol per week, but in them group is more about people who drink infrequently but then more each time.

Regardless of age group, Norwegian men drink more than their female countrymen.

Busy consultants The study was carried out in May last year, in the early days of the coronary epidemic, so to speak, and Mæland and friends are now living to launch a follow-up study that will seek to answer whether the same tendencies in alcohol treatment still exist in the same age and social groups.

The experience of those who work in care and assistance to drug users reflects to some extent the results of the survey. According to Else Kristin Utne Berg, senior consultant at KoRus Vest, a drug and counseling center for drug addicts, its staff has never been as busy as it is now caring for clients who come to the center for alcohol problems.

“This is a matter of concern, treatment statistics from this time will show us in the future,” says Berg. She says it often takes some time for people to see the consequences of changing drinking habits in black and white. “Sitting at home and drinking is not good, neither for public health nor for the individual himself,” says the consultant on the development of Norwegian alcohol use since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic.



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