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Alcohol misuse is an overlooked risk factor for severe COVID-19, according to a review of evidence

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Chronic alcohol misuse including Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), is an overlooked risk factor for severe or fatal COVID-19, according to a review of medical and scientific studies. The review, in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, outlines growing evidence strongly implicating alcohol misuse in COVID-19 severity. The clinical manifestations of COVID-19, a coronavirus, are extremely variable, and research points to patients’ contrasting immune responses as a key driver of symptom severity.

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