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Experts: Do Not Misuse Alcohol During Pandemic
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.
In March 2020, in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, many people began living under stay-at-home orders. In some areas, restaurants and bars were forced to close or had limited services. These measures were meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
During those early pandemic days, something else happened: On-line sales of alcoholic drinks rose sharply. In the United States, online alcohol sales were up 234 percent compared to the same period a year ago. That information comes from the research company Nielsen.
Victor Karpyak is a doctor and expert on drug addiction at the Mayo Clinic in the U.S. state of Minnesota. He says people have long turned to alcohol to reduce stress and forget about their problems. But he warns about overusing alcohol in difficult times. This, he says, can lead to bad results.
His comments appear on the Mayo Clinic's website.
Doctor Karpyak noted that during the pandemic, light alcohol use can easily become problematic. He said that if you have three or four drinks today and then three or four more tomorrow, you can quickly hit the limit of what is considered moderate.
But what is that limit? How much alcohol is considered moderate?
The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines moderate drinking this way: up to one drink a day for a woman and up to two drinks a day for a man. A drink is defined as six tenths of a fluid ounce — or almost 18 milliliters — of pure alcohol.

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However, the NIH Dietary Guidelines do not recommend that people who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason.
Doctor Karpyak said that an increase in drinking or a pattern of drinking may be a sign of alcohol abuse and development of addiction. Alcohol addiction, he added, can affect relationships as well as the body — the whole body.
"There is no organ or system," he said, "which is not impacted by chronic and significant alcohol use."
Alcohol-related liver disease is perhaps the most commonly reported problem. But the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism warns that there are others. Studies have shown that one drink a day increases the risk of breast cancer in women. Research has also shown that alcohol misuse increases the risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer.
Doctor Karpyak, a psychiatrist, added that, "there is a lot of negative impact that long-term, significant alcohol use has on brain tissue."
Addiction experts at the NIH say it is safest to avoid alcohol completely if you are:
Taking medications that mix badly with alcohol
Trying to control a medical condition that can be made worse by drinking
Under the legal age for drinking alcohol
Planning to drive a vehicle or operate machinery
Doing activities that require skill and coordination
Recovering from alcohol use disorder or unable to control the amount you drink
Pregnant or trying to become pregnant
If you find yourself drinking alcohol at the end of a long, stressful day, you are probably not alone.
However, health experts suggest exploring other ways to reduce stress. Call a friend. Take a walk. Do something you enjoy such as watching a movie, reading a book or listening to music.
And that's the Health & Lifestyle report. I'm Anna Matteo.

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