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Lockdown helped addicts give up tobacco, alcohol

According to the recent study conducted by the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) – Sri Lanka, 80 percent of alcohol users and 68 percent of tobacco smokers have reduced their consumption during the lock-down period owing to the COVID 19 outbreak in Sri Lanka. 

The ADIC conducted a study on alcohol (legal and illegal) users and tobacco smokers, and their families on alcohol and tobacco consumption and changes related to consumption during the COVID-19 situation in Sri Lanka from May 1 to May 10 based on  samples obtained from 2019 individuals covering the entire country including all 25 districts.

Twenty three percent respondents  between 21 to 24 years and 47 percent respondents  between 25 to 40 years and 30 percent respondents above 40 years participated in the study.

The study found that during the COVID-19 situation 80 percent individuals who consume alcohol reduced their alcohol consumption.

 The opinion of 84 percent respondents who quit or reduced alcohol consumption was the restrictions on alcohol availability  which had helped them to quit or reduce their alcohol consumption. Only 16 percent respondents claimed the restrictions did not help them to quit or reduce their alcohol consumption.

According to the responses of wives of men who consume alcohol, 49 percent reported a reduction in family problems and, 40 percent reported an increase in family savings, due to the husband reducing alcohol use.

It is also revealed that a majority of 68 percent  have reduced their tobacco smoking during the COVID-19 situation. Among them, 48 percent have reduced tobacco smoking while 20 percent quit smoking altogether. 

Fifty one percent of those who reduced or quit tobacco smoking during COVID-19 have said that they are ready to continue this change in the future even after the situation normalizes.

Out of the individuals who quit or reduced alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 situation 37 percent claimed that they will continue their change in future even after the situation normalizes.

 


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