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Generally, people who use alcohol and other drugs have the same risk as the rest of the population of contracting COVID-19. However, people who are physically unhealthy are likely to be have worse effects if they contract it. 

Staying at home in lockdown can mean that you have more spare time, and things that prevented alcohol and other drug use impacting on other parts of your life may not be available. Others in your household may discover for the first time that you are using substances, and keeping that use out of sight of children is much more difficult. Also, the patterns that you set up during this period could be long lasting. 

If you choose to use alcohol or other drugs while in lockdown, think about these things to reduce the impact it may have on yourself or others:

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