The world’s largest drug survey has provided a snapshot of changed substance use patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Monica Barratt from RMIT University, the co-lead researcher of the Global Drug Survey COVID-19 Special Edition, said drinkers who had a diagnosed mental health condition — like feeling depressed, anxious and finding it difficult to cope — were more likely to report increased drinking compared to before the pandemic.
The survey also found twice as many drinkers reported drinking alone while connected with friends through video/audio calls or ‘watch parties’, compared to the 12 months before COVID-19.
“We’re all going through so much at the moment and I don’t know if education alone would help because we need to connect with each other and support each other,” Dr Barratt said.
“What was quite striking was almost half of the sample who reported drinking…