Covid-19 and addictions: risks and precautions

“The period of health crisis and confinement at home leads to questions about the interactions between the sources of contamination and the consumption of psychoactive substances, as well as the risks of accidents, domestic violence, and contraction of more severe forms. of illness that can result from these addictions.

To raise public awareness of these risks, the interdepartmental mission to combat drugs and addictive behavior (MILDECA) is launching an information campaign aimed at alerting and advising consumers and their families.


In the current context, increases in alcohol consumption at home are possible. These could have various consequences:

  • increase in domestic accidents (falls, injuries);
  • domestic violence;
  • reduced vigilance or disinhibition which could lead to less respect for barrier gestures and measures of social distancing.

A complete and rapid restriction of consumption can have deleterious effects in dependent people (acute withdrawal syndrome).

During the epidemic you are reminded to respect the guidelines for lower risk consumption:

  • do not consume more than 2 glasses per day;
  • have days without consumption;
  • do not consume more than 10 standard drinks per week;
  • for pregnant women, young people and adolescents, the safest option is not to consume alcohol.

In addition, to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus: do not share your glasses, bottles or cans with other people.”

Find more from Les services de l’État dans les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (France, April 2020)

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