Local health officials warn of increased alcohol and cannabis use

The Timiskaming Health Unit and local mental health officials have joined forces to combat an increase in alcohol and cannabis consumption since the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to a recent survey, one in five Canadians say they have increased the amount of alcohol they drink while spending more time at home during the pandemic. Specifically, the increases were noted in 21.1% of Canadians from ages 18-34, 24.5% of Canadians ages 35-54, and 9.7% of Canadians aged 55 or older.

These changes in drinking patterns have been uncovered by a Nanos poll commissioned by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). The poll also found that the main reasons for the increase are a lack of regular schedule, boredom, stress, and the increased quantity of alcohol kept at home in recent months.

The Timiskaming Health Unit and the Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane-Timiskaming branch want to increase the public’s awareness on why they might be turning to alcohol and cannabis during the pandemic. They also want people to know that help is available.

There are many health and social risks associated with increased alcohol and substance use, the health officials say. For example, it can affect the immune…

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