Young people who abuse alcohol are twice more likely to get infected with the coronavirus and suffer the disease with severe symptoms than their low-drinking or non-drinking peers. This conclusion was reached by American scientists following the results of a study in which they observed students living on the campus of Indiana University.
It is noted that young people who drink become infected 1.89 times more often than non-drinkers and are 18 percent more likely to experience the painful consequences of infection. According to scientists, the study results are explained by the fact that alcohol consumption complicates compliance with anti-epidemic rules among students. Alcohol also weakens innate and adaptive immunity and often causes respiratory complications.
It is reported that the study was conducted in the fall of 2020 on the university campus among those who, at the time of the start of monitoring, had not yet been infected with coronavirus and met the other requirements of scientists. There were 1027 such people. Of these, 736 passed all the stages of observation included in the study. The average age of the participants was 20 years.