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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Alcohol

Have you noticed that you might be drinking more? You may be bored, lonely, frustrated, stressed, anxious or angry and using more alcohol as a result.

The more we drink alcohol, the more it affects our chances of fighting off bacteria and viruses - this can lead to an increased risk of infection and illness.  At the moment we all need our bodies' defences to be as strong as possible, whilst Coronavirus is circulating in Wales.

Drinking can also affect how medications work – they can stop the medication from working as well.  It’s important for your medications to work as they're supposed to, to help you, and our NHS during this crisis.

There is no safe limit of the amount of alcohol people can drink.  As seen in the Public Health Wales “How you doing?” campaign, it is recommend that you stick within the current guidelines.  Most people in Wales that drink alcohol, do so within the guidelines. Follow these guidelines to keep yourself healthier and to protect the NHS:

  • Drink less than 14 units a week
  • Spread any drinking out over three or more days.
  • If you are pregnant, or there is a chance you could be, it is safest not to drink at all.

Understandably, it can be hard to measure or know how much you are drinking, or what a unit of alcohol actually looks like, especially at home. There are apps that help you track how much you are drinking, or you could keep a diary, or use an online unit calculator.

For further information please visit How you doing?