Individuals who have severe alcohol use disorder or engage in high-risk drinking are at greater risk of experiencing negative health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals may experience numerous alcohol-related harms, including life-threatening withdrawal, due to a combination
of factors, including reduced access to alcohol (i.e., due to isolation, disruptions to alcohol supply), homelessness, poverty, and comorbid health conditions. In addition, these individuals may experience more serious COVID-19 symptoms due to the higher risk of pneumonia and weakened immune function associated with high levels of alcohol consumption.