What happens when we drink more?
Continuing from where we stopped yesterday, talking about how people are looking to alcohol for a little stress reduction in these difficult times.
But there are healthier ways of coping with the challenges we currently face.
Alcohol affects your thoughts and feelings
Do you know that Alcohol reduces our capacity to monitor and regulate our thoughts and feelings?.
Once we start drinking, it’s hard to know when we’re relaxed enough. After one or two drinks, it’s easy to think “another won’t hurt”, “I deserve it”, or “I’ve had a huge day managing the kids and working from home, so why not?”.
But by increasing alcohol consumption over time, eventually it takes more alcohol to get to the same point of relaxation.
Developing this kind of tolerance to alcohol can lead to dependence.
Alcohol ties up the health system
Alcohol-related problems also take up a lot of health resources, including ambulances and emergency departments.
People have more accidents when they are drinking. And drinking can increase the risk of domestic and family violence.
So an increase in drinking risks unnecessarily tying up emergency services and hospitals, which are needed to respond to the corona virus.
How to manage your alcohol consumption
If you are feeling anxious, stressed, down or bored, you’re not alone. But there are other healthier ways to manage those feelings.
If you catch yourself worrying, try to remind yourself this is a temporary situation.
Do some mindfulness meditation or slow your breathing, distract yourself with something enjoyable, or practice gratitude.
Get as much exercise as you can. Exercise releases brain chemicals that make you feel good. Even if you can’t get into your normal exercise routine, go outside for a walk or run.
Walk to your local shops to pick up supplies instead of driving.
Maintain a good diet. We know good nutrition is important to maintain good mental health.
Try to get as much sleep as you can. Worry can disrupt sleep and lack of sleep can worsen mental health.
Build-in pleasant activities to your day. Even if you can’t do the usual activities that bring a smile to your face, think about some new things you might enjoy and make sure you do one of those things every day.
Remember, change doesn’t have to be negative. Novelty activates the dopamine system, our pleasure centre, so it’s a great time to try something new.
So enjoy a drink or two, but try not to go overboard and monitor your stress levels to give you the best chance to stay healthy.
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