Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy 16(4) May 2021 : 25-30.doi:10.12927/hcpol.2021.26501
Discussion and Debate

Commentary: The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Not a Good Time to Weaken Restrictions on Alcohol Availability

Shannon Lange and Jürgen Rehm


Increasing alcohol availability during the COVID-19 pandemic could have long-lasting effects on population-level alcohol consumption and, thus, alcohol-related harms. At a time when the healthcare system is already overburdened, preventive measures should be taken to reduce any additional burden from largely avoidable conditions, such as those that are alcohol related.



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