Small and medium parties, to use the expression used by Prime Minister François Legault, will become big as health rules become more flexible.
Excesses may then become more frequent, according to the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).
During lockdown, people did not meet, restaurants and bars were closed, recalls Dr Réal Morin, specialist in public health and preventive medicine at theINSPQ .
Perhaps we had fewer opportunities to abuse.
With the deconfinement comes the pleasure of seeing each other again, the multiple festivities, the freedom and in addition, the victories in hockey for the Canadiens. We have a lot of contexts to take a little more alcohol.
The National Institute of Public Health is concerned. During confinement, the health network observed a notable decrease in the number of hospitalizations due to excessive alcohol consumption.
He fears the opposite will happen, now that the opportunities to drink are increasing.
The stake is twofold, according to Dr. Réal Morin. Alcohol abuse brings a string of problems in its wake: drunk driving, noise, domestic violence, vandalism. In the worst cases, the poisoning is such that it leads straight to the emergency room.
- Educ’alcool recommends that women not consume more than 10 alcoholic drinks per week, and limit themselves to 2 per day.
- For men, the recommended limit is 15 drinks per week, and 3 per day.
- The organization considers that a woman who drinks four or more drinks in the same evening is consuming excessively.
- This number increases to five and more for men.
The other concern is in relation to the frequency of consumption, says Dr. Morin.
We can consume frequently, without necessarily being pacter. Frequent, even daily, long-term consumption leads to chronic diseases such as cancer, such as heart disease, such as cirrhosis of the liver.
L’INSPQintends to compile data over the next few months to better outline the problem. According to Dr. Réal Morin, it is also possible that the pandemic has given rise to the habit, in some, of consuming every day.
Surveys conducted by the Institute during the pandemic show that the majority of respondents maintained the same alcohol consumption during the pandemic. However, some have increased the frequency of their consumption
due to boredom, isolation, concludes Dr Morin.