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Over Dinking in Lockdown

It is easy when working from home to have a glass of wine next to the computer or opening a bottle of wine at the end of a tough working day. Not working may create additional pressures, as a study found that people who had been furloughed were more than twice as likely to drink heavily (6> units at a time). If this seems familiar, what can you do?

Drinking

Baby steps

Measure your drinking, as we tend to underestimate the number of units consumed at home. Why? We often pour alcohol without thinking about the number of units. By keeping a record, it demonstrates a positive reduction in  units drunk. There are free alcohol tracking apps.

Alternatives to a glass of wine

  • It is normal to feel anxious in lockdown. However, it is better to find healthy ways to deal with these feelings, like having a bath or playing music or talking to friends.
  • Aim for 3 drink-free days a week.
  • Low alcohol and alcohol-free alternatives reduce the risks of drinking.
  • Keep busy, as feeling bored can lead us to drinking without thinking.
  • Maintain social connections such as taking part in online activities give a shared focus.
  • Create healthy post-work routines, either exercising or watching TV straight after work to destress.

Benefits of cutting down

  1. Stop hangovers which often make people feel anxious, low, or depressed.
  2. Stop sleep being disrupted and feel more rested when you wake up.
  3. Improve your judgement and behaviour. 
  4. Improve your immune system and fight infections.

The pandemic has affected us all in so many ways, often never seen by outsiders. The coronavirus may increase stress and worry, causing some people to drink more often or more heavily. Heavy drinking can lead to serious health issues like cancer, stroke and heart disease. Cal time on that drinking habit.

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Important: men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units each week. That is equivalent to 6 pints of average strength lager or 6 medium glasses of wine.

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Sources:

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/blog/living-through-lockdown-how-to-reduce-your-drinking-during-lockdown

https://inews.co.uk/news/health/binge-drinking-more-frequent-men-women-lockdown-mental-health-896789

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/tips-on-cutting-down-alcohol/

Date: 24 May 2021 by max robinson