Lockdown leads Aussies to drink and gamble more

The Australian Association of Psychologists offers advice on how to help affected patients

Australians appear to be drinking, smoking and gambling more as ways to cope with social isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, psychologists report.

Anecdotally, the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) says members have seen increased numbers of patients turning to cigarettes, online gambling, cannabis use and prescription drug abuse in the past month.

In addition, a national poll shows that 70% of Australians say they are drinking more than normal and one third report daily alcohol use.

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