Corona: Alcohol sales figures rise during the crisis

When Corona was still making jokes, a steep thesis went around the world: alcohol could kill the virus. Of course, this meant high-proof alcohol, used for external disinfection. The jokers, especially on social media, of course misunderstood the matter – the plague became the vehicle for highly popular, but mostly mindless jokes about the consumption of witty drinks.

This is probably due to the fact that more and more people are turning to the bottle in the boredom of their social isolation. In the meantime, even the World Health Organization has warned of possible consequences. Because, contrary to the jokes, alcohol consumption does not have any positive effects in terms of corona – but it does have a lot of negative effects.What speaks directly against excessive alcohol consumption: alcohol weakens the immune system.Alcohol reduces the quality of sleep and thus costs strength.Alcohol increases The readiness to use violence: particularly relevant in times of lockdown and quarantine, and you don't want all of this if you might still need your strength to ward off a disease that was previously completely foreign to your body. Fitness is needed for this, says WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, because it can help ward off the virus.

The WHO recommends: Eating healthy to boost the immune system, drinking less alcohol, drinking fewer sugary drinks, not smoking: cigarettes can increase symptoms of Covid 19 and increase the risk of becoming seriously ill. Adults should be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day children, 60 minutes. If this is allowed, you should spend active time in the fresh air: running, walking, cycling – while keeping your distance. If you cannot leave the house, you could dance, do yoga exercises or run stairs. Who If you work at home, you should change your work position frequently. You should also take a short break every 30 minutes in your home office. If you want to find out more, you should make sure that you get this news and information from reputable sources. Also mental distraction contributes to health: listening to music, reading a book or playing a game. Coping with alcohol: not a good idea What health experts think about alcohol but currently particularly alarmed are the psychosocial effects of home use. Alcohol, WHO psychologist Ayisha Malik told British Independent, was "not a helpful strategy" to deal with the growing insecurities and fears that come from the weird situation of an increasingly global lockdown.

The situation of social isolation and quasi-quarantine in a confined space is particularly challenging and unreasonable for people with depression and people with other mental health problems. But not only: Security authorities fear an increase in domestic violence if frustrated people use the bottle too often and extensively, because experts believe that domestic alcohol consumption is a social risk in times when domestic social drinking no longer takes place. Corona, says the Australian addiction expert Michael Farrell, has the potential to change social norms: Alcohol and canabis would now be used by many as an escape from a frustrating everyday life in isolation. And probably more of them among young people, among whom alcohol consumption in the western world has recently been on the decline and less accepted. But now, and that applies to everyone, people lived "without the barriers of working life". In plain language: In the home office nobody sees the bottle next to the keyboard.

There is a particular risk for all people with a predisposition to addictive behavior – and of course for alcohol addicts, including "dry" ones: the risk of addiction and relapse could increase. On the other hand, a general ban on addiction would also be a catastrophe, especially for addicts, which in the medium term would force them into a dangerous cold withdrawal in isolation. The home drinking boom: more than anecdotes? But are fears of increased home drinking also justified? Are they reflected somewhere in sales figures, are there negative effects? Apparently yes: The fact that sales of packaged alcohol have been increasing since the onset of the Covid wave is now becoming apparent in more and more countries. So far, there seem to be no concrete reliable figures anywhere. However, more and more governments and authorities are already making observations to issue warnings or bans. Greenland completely banned the sale of "take away" alcohol in the capital Nuuk on Saturday. The reason was that immediately after all schools were closed and a contact block limited to a maximum of ten people started, the frequency of domestic violence rose measurably. The government of Greenland wants the ban on alcohol to be understood as a protective measure for children, and Western Australia is betting on limiting the amount of alcohol it can buy: Too many had hammered alcohol like Germans used toilet paper. The Australian broadcaster ABC interviewed beverage shop owners who compared Christmas shopping in recent weeks – in Anglo-Saxon countries, Christmas Eve is traditionally wet and humid, and now it is true that nobody has more than three bottles of wine, a crate of beer or cider, a liter of hard liquor and carry a liter of liqueur wine from the store – quantities that are reminiscent of duty-free sales at airports. Because "incidents related to alcohol abuse" should be avoided in times of social distancing. They put too much strain on the police, rescue workers and the health system, the government of the western state announced on Wednesday. Shortly afterwards, pictures of "stolen" alcohol racks spread, the trade spoke of "panic buying". Australian broadcasters reported that larger beverage retailers had millions in sales immediately after alcohol rationing, and domestic consumption in Germany also appears to be measurable. This is at least indicated by the data from a market survey by the consumer research company GfK, which compared consumption in the calendar weeks from February 24 to March 15 with that of the previous year. Contrary to the general trend, thanks to hamster purchases, the retail trade would have increased by a total of 14 percent, in some sectors 200 percent. "The decommissioning of public life," says GfK trade expert Robert Kecskes about the figures, "leads not only to hamster purchases, but also to a shift in out-of-home consumption to private apartments and houses." What exactly is being consumed reveals that However, the GfK study does not. But that's what the providers of the "Bring!" App believe to know who supposedly wanted to have analyzed the shopping behavior of one million people in Germany between February 16 and March 22. Her clear verdict: the use of legal drugs is increasing. Both beer (plus 36 percent), wine (plus 61 percent) and cigarettes (plus 47 percent) are currently in particularly high demand – however, which comparison period remains as open as an explanation of how the data came about.
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