Alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disability worldwide. Drinking too much alcohol leads to health and social problems. During the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol use has increased, particularly affecting those with long-term health conditions. Though most people drink within low-risk levels, about a quarter of drinkers are thought to consume alcohol in ways that are harmful or hazardous to their health, and often experience physical and psychological harm.
Unfortunately, alcohol use remains a hidden problem and people are often reluctant to discuss their concerns with others or seek to help. This interactive webinar will explore the current challenges around COVID-19, alcohol intake and how the arts might develop conversations, curiosity and compassion. We will share examples of practitioner and student creative enquiry and invite participants to engage experientially with simple arts-based exercises.