Alcohol self-management during COVID-19 and beyond


Alcohol use amongst the general population has become more polarised during the COVID-19 pandemic, with those who previously drank heavily reportedly now drinking even more. It is therefore vital that those in the at-risk groups for severe dependency are identified and supported to cut down their intake safely. In this podcast, Dr Peter Rice talks to Dr Jennifer Powell about the most effective ways to help alcohol-dependent patients self-manage their alcohol use during the pandemic and beyond.


Date published: 10 July 2020

Presenter: Dr Jennifer Powell

Interviewee: Dr Peter Rice

Audio running time: 27 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the changing role of alcohol services in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic


  • how social distancing may be impacting on people's alcohol use


  • how to support alcohol-dependent patients to safely cut down and/or stop alcohol use at home


  • how to identify patients who may be at high risk during a self-detox


  • when people should seek urgent medical help during alcohol detox.



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