Coronavirus is causing a rise in drug and alcohol relapses

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Coronavirus is causing a rise in drug and alcohol relapses Source: https://nypost.com/ By Alexandria Hein March 30, 2020 As the nation gets more stringent about non-essential travel and bans on group gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus, one expert says the pandemic may result in an unintended rise in drug and alcohol relapses among those who are in recovery. …

United Kingdom: OFF-LICENCES (Package Stores) DECLARED ‘ESSENTIAL’ BY UK GOVERNMENT

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United Kingdom: OFF-LICENCES (Package Stores) DECLARED ‘ESSENTIAL’ BY UK GOVERNMENT Source: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/ by Patrick Schmitt 25th March, 2020 Shops selling alcohol are to stay open in the UK as the government adds off-licences to the list of businesses deemed “essential” during the lockdown. In a move that will come as a welcome relief to traders and millions of people across the UK, the …

WHO thinks alcohol is an ‘unhelpful coping strategy’ for coronavirus cabin fever

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WHO thinks alcohol is an ‘unhelpful coping strategy’ for coronavirus cabin fever Source: https://nypost.com/ By Amanda Woods March 27, 2020 A World Health Organization official is urging people to lay off the booze – calling it an “unhelpful coping strategy” for cabin fever during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to a new report. Dr. Aiysha Malik, a technical officer at WHO …

South Africa:  Collective Cold Turkey: Mental health professionals concerned about sudden withdrawal of alcohol

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South Africa:  Collective Cold Turkey: Mental health professionals concerned about sudden withdrawal of alcohol Daily Maverick By Marianne Thamm March 27, 2020 The blanket prohibition on the sale of alcohol during the Covid-19 lockdown has raised serious concerns among mental health professionals of the risks associated with the sudden and unsupported withdrawal of addictive substances, particularly alcohol. South Africa is a …

The liquor industry faces an uncertain future. But if it survived Prohibition, it can survive the coronavirus

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The liquor industry faces an uncertain future. But if it survived Prohibition, it can survive the coronavirus Fortune By John Kell March 27, 2020 It took a day for Chris Montana, owner of the DuNord Distillery in Minneapolis, to draft an email to his staff to tell them they no longer had jobs. Of the layoffs, Montana says, “That’s an …

Nielsen Says Beverage Alcohol Retail Sales Are Soaring During The Crisis

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Nielsen Says Beverage Alcohol Retail Sales Are Soaring During The Crisis Forbes By Thomas Pellechia March 25, 2020 According to Nielsen’s data, beverage alcohol retail (off-premise) sales “across the board” have been soaring. Total U.S. beverage alcohol retail sales in the week ending March 14, 2020, over the same period in 2019, was: wine up 27.6%, spirits up 26.4% and beer/flavored malt beverages/cider …

Detroit’s Restaurant Professionals Reach Out With Mental Health and Sobriety Support

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Detroit’s Restaurant Professionals Reach Out With Mental Health and Sobriety Support Stuck in quarantine, Detroit restaurant workers are leaning on social networks and former coworkers for support Eater By Brenna Houck  March 25, 2020 Dustin Walker knows what it’s like to feel anxious and out of control—and to spend years trying to relieve the stress through drinking. “It wasn’t until I …

Why Pennsylvania’s Decision to Close Liquor Stores Could Do More Harm Than Good

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Why Pennsylvania’s Decision to Close Liquor Stores Could Do More Harm Than Good If the nation’s liquor stores bolt their doors, can bootleg liquor be far behind? Source: https://robbreport.com/ BY RICHARD CARLETON HACKER MARCH 26, 2020 My favorite time of day is cocktail hour. While I love any number of bars and restaurants, my favorite place to enjoy a cocktail …

COVID-19 Impact on Alcohol Sales

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COVID-19 Impact on Alcohol Sales JDSupra Written by Erin Cowan Mosley, Nexsen Pruet, PLLC March 23, 2020 Delivery of alcohol is an important topic in NC in light of the recent mandate against in-service dining and restrictions on gatherings of more than 100 people. We have had numerous calls from our clients about selling alcohol to-go and selling and delivering …

Does alcohol weaken the immune system? Yes, if you drink too much

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Does alcohol weaken the immune system? Yes, if you drink too much Insider By Madeleine Burry  March 23, 2020 The immune system is how your body defends itself from infections — like harmful bacteria and viruses — and prevents you from getting sick. But just like a muscle, the immune system can become weak and fail to protect you against …