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Problematic Use of Alcohol and Online Gaming as Coping Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mini Review

Title
Problematic Use of Alcohol and Online Gaming as Coping Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mini Review
Authors
Xu, ShijiePark, MinkyungKang, Ung GuChoi, Jung-SeokKoo, Ja Wook
DGIST Authors
Xu, Shijie; Park, Minkyung; Kang, Ung Gu; Choi, Jung-Seok; Koo, Ja Wook
Issue Date
2021-06
Citation
Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 685964
Type
Article
Author Keywords
addictionalcoholcopingCOVID-19online gamingpandemic
Keywords
SUBSTANCE USEINTERNET USESEX-DIFFERENCESMENTAL-HEALTHSTRESSCONSUMPTIONDISORDERSIMPACTVULNERABILITYLOCKDOWN
ISSN
1664-0640
Abstract
The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has dramatically changed our daily lives and activities, including those originally intended to serve for leisure and pleasure. Drinking and online gaming became coping behaviors used to rescue ourselves from the stress and restricted lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, frequent drinking and gaming can result in the pathological consequences of addiction. Those affected use the stimuli not to obtain pleasure, but rather to avoid the displeasure induced by stress and previous use, often unsuccessfully. This review aims to provide an overview of recent longitudinal cohort studies on alcohol and gaming use during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to analyze how the pandemic has affected alcohol and gaming use. There was a substantial risk of alcohol and online gaming overuse during the lockdown, which may depend on the pandemic's duration or overuse patterns. Previous studies have shown that increased alcohol consumption and online gaming are associated with heightened stress and anxiety levels caused by social isolation/quarantine. Over time, frequent or excessive alcohol consumption and gaming could lead to an increased risk of more serious mental health problems. Every effort should be made to mitigate mental health problems and ensure adequate adaptation to these exceptional circumstances. Therefore, it would be helpful to encourage physical activity, social interaction, and collaboration to facilitate psychological and physical health. © Copyright © 2021 Xu, Park, Kang, Choi and Koo.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11750/15492
DOI
10.3389/fpsyt.2021.685964
Publisher
Frontiers Media S.A.
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