In Yucatán, acute alcohol intoxication is resurging after having been controlled during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restriction on the sale of alcoholic beverages to prevent social interaction and contagion.
According to the Ministry of Health, acute alcohol intoxication occurs when an excessive amount of this substance is consumed in a short period of time. It is a condition that affects the central nervous system and can have harmful effects on the human body.
During the first 20 weeks of 2023, according to data provided by the federal department in the National Epidemiological Bulletin, a total of 108 people in Yucatán have been admitted to clinics and hospitals for this type of intoxication that causes drunkenness.
Of the cases diagnosed this year, 77 correspond to male patients, representing just over 70 percent of the total diagnoses.
The number of reported cases of acute alcohol intoxication in Yucatán so far is higher than the 76 cases accumulated by the state during the same period in 2020 but lower than the 255 cases reported in 2021, the year that marked the return of social interaction and the sale of alcoholic beverages.
It is important to remember that since the arrival of Covid-19 in March 2020, the government of Yucatán made the decision to prohibit the sale of beer, wine, and spirits, considering it to be a contributing factor to contagion.
Alcohol consumption in Yucatán is quite high, which is why by the 20th week of that year, a total of 2,031 cases of acute alcohol intoxication had already been recorded, and in 2019 there were 3,333 cases during the same period.