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In a recent study posted to the Research Square* preprint server, researchers investigated alcohol usage, psychological health status, and alcohol-associated concerns among university students during the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic in Hong Kong.

Switching from offline to online schooling modes with stringent social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted university students’ drinking habits, leading to an increased risk of alcohol-related harm and decreased academic performance.

University attendees are more susceptible to these risks due to social gatherings, peer pressures, and increased academic stress levels associated with examinations.

COVID-19 also led to increased home isolation and the termination of social activities critical to their mental health, resulting in higher risks of alcohol consumption. Students with poor academic performance have lower motivation to learn and decreased class attendance. However, the impact of the pandemic on alcohol-drinking behaviors and harms has not been extensively investigated.

A recent study explored the intricate relationship between alcohol consumption, mental health, and alcohol-related issues among university students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The research delved into how the pandemic’s circumstances influenced these factors and shed light on potential implications.

Conducted against the backdrop of the pandemic’s disruption to academic and social routines, the study aimed to comprehend any shifts in alcohol consumption patterns and associated problems. The findings indicated a significant connection between increased alcohol consumption and worsened mental health status. The stressors of remote learning, social isolation, and uncertainties about the future appeared to contribute to heightened alcohol-related problems.

The study underscores the importance of recognizing the potential link between alcohol use and mental health, especially during exceptional stress. University students facing these challenges might find themselves susceptible to detrimental coping mechanisms. Offering support and resources to those grappling with addiction and mental health concerns is crucial.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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