Coping with coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the social restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic unfold, the potential for harms associated with alcohol and other drugs may increase.
Some people may find themselves drinking or using substances more to cope with anxiety, negativity, stress and our changing environment.
To help people stay as safe as possible, you’ll find a range of helpful information and links from this page.
Also, remember to check back in to health.gov.au for the latest updates and information around COVID-19 from the Australian Government.
Changing your drinking habit
Find out the six signs that home isolation could be impacting your drinking and try the quick Drinking Calculator to find out how your drinking measures up.
Information on increased alcohol use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
This is a traumatic time for Australia and the world as leadership and individual citizens struggle to cope with the reality of the virus and what it means for our lives.
With schools closed and families self-isolating together at home there are new challenges to consider if you or a family member is using alcohol or other drugs.
For people with a dependence on drugs, reduced supply and limited access to drugs could lead to people substituting the type of drug they use, changing their patterns of use, or forcing people into withdrawal.
While physical distancing and staying at home are key steps to slow the spread of coronavirus, some people who use or are experiencing a dependence on alcohol and other drugs, might face additional challenges and harms as a result of these measures.
As coronavirus (COVID-19) takes over news services and social media channels, It is important to have a really good, reliable source of information that you can turn to for the facts.
Help is always available.
Health services are essential services and will not shut amid the coronavirus crisis. This includes needle and syringe programs, safe-injecting facilities and pharmacotherapy.