New-onset alcohol use disorder spiked in first 3 months of COVID-19 pandemic

Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 during the first 3 months of the pandemic had a twofold higher risk for developing alcohol use disorder, likely driven by anxiety and fear surrounding the pandemic, according to new research.“Alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects both the individual and society,” Veronica R. Olaker, BS, of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote in JAMA Network Open. “The patient is at risk for disorders of the liver, pancreas, brain, gut, cardiovascular system, immuneRead More