Alcohol dependence during COVID-19 lockdowns

William D.S. Killgore, Sara A. Cloonan, Emily C. Taylor, Daniel A. Lucas, Natalie S. Dailey

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To determine whether the past half-year of COVID-19-related lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and social isolation were associated with changes in high-risk alcohol use, a total of 5,931 individuals completed the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) at one of six time points from April through September 2020. Over the 6-month period, hazardous alcohol use and likely dependence increased month-by-month for those under lockdowns compared to those not under restrictions. This increase in harmful alcohol use and related behaviors is likely to have prolonged adverse psychosocial, interpersonal, occupational, and health impacts as the world attempts to recover from the pandemic crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113676
JournalPsychiatry research
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Alcohol dependence
  • COVID-19
  • Lockdowns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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