Drugs and alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic

Alcohol consumption has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drinking alcohol to cope with stress or anxiety can result in chronic illness, behaviour changes and dependence on alcohol. Do you want to monitor your drinking?

The following is the recommended maximum consumption of alcohol per week: 

  • Women: 2 drinks per day, 10 drinks per week
  • Men: 3 drinks per day, 15 drinks per week

How much is one drink?

1 bottle of beer or half a glass of wine or 1 shot of hard liquor (vodka, rum, tequila etc.)

These are difficult times for everyone. If you are stressed, anxious or fearful, alcohol is NOT the only way to cope. You can call 1-800-663-1441 or 604-660-9382 for resources and to get help. These phone numbers will connect you to the Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service through HealthLink BC. You can get referrals to community substance use services, support groups and information on topics like fetal alcohol syndrome. This service is currently only available to people living in British Columbia. Talk to a doctor or health professional if you are looking for more resources to support you.

Using cannabis to cope with anxiety during the pandemic can also have negative effects. To learn more about this, watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKw9JfeIHss&feature=emb_logo