The University of Newcastle, Australia

Women more likely to drink alcohol than men during coronavirus lock down

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Dr Sally Hunt from the Faculty of Science has been featured on the ABC explaining why research shows women were more likely to drink alcohol than men during the coronavirus lockdown

A clinical psychologist and senior lecturer within The School of Psychology, Dr Hunt, whose research focuses on women's alcohol use, was asked to weigh in on new research on alcohol consumption during coronavirus lockdown.Woman pouring glass of wine

Dr Hunt said it wasn't surprising that those between 35 and 44 were drinking more in this overwhelming time. Dr Hunt noted however, that it's 45 to 55-year-olds normally who engage in the most high-risk drinkin.

"[35-55] is the age group that are going to have kids at home and are likely juggling the competing roles of working full time and educating children," she said.

"It's been a pretty impossible situation."

Dr Hunt said if you feel you have used alcohol as a crutch during the stresses of COVID-19 the first step is to look at what's causing your high anxiety levels and try to manage that.

"Carve out some time for enjoyable activities, but if there's stress you can't deal with on your own, go and see your GP.

"Not feeling like you are coping during all this is very understandable."

Read the full article here.


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