restrictive measures to prevent COVID-19 infection may cause the
development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), especially
washing compulsions and fear of contamination. It is manifested by
uncontrollable, repetitive thoughts that could lead to obsession and
unhealthy behavior. OCD can be associated with alcohol abuse as it
provides temporary relief from the symptoms. The
aim of the study is to analyze the incidence of OCD elements during
COVID-19 pandemic and its association with alcohol consumption.
data was collected by using behavioral cross-sectional online survey
that was conducted as a part of international multi-country study
I-SHARE (International Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Survey)
realized in Latvia as a component of the National Research Programme
project “Impact of COVID-19 on health care system and public health
in Latvia; ways in preparing health sector for future epidemics”
(VPP-COVID-2020/1-0011). Besides questions focusing on sexual and
reproductive health the survey included 20 questions related to
was analyzed by using MS Excel and IBM SPSS 26.0. The results have
been defined as statistically significant if p<0.05. There
were 1173 people involved in the study, mostly women (82.4%), 18-39
y.o. (77%) living in Riga (62%). The following OCD elements were
present: 19% experienced obsessive or compulsory hand washing
behavior, 27% noted fear of touching items outside the house and 13%
had obsessive thoughts about the pandemic. When analyzing the alcohol
consumption 13.8% noted that during pandemic it has decreased either
a lot or a bit, 15.9% confirmed a bit increased alcohol consumption.
None of responders confirmed substantial increase of alcohol use.
There was no statistically significant correlation between OCD
elements and alcohol consumption. Despite
quite high incidence of OCD elements among responders, there was no
influence on alcohol consumption found in the online survey related
to sexual and reproductive health during COVID-19 pandemic.
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