Alcohol Awareness – Rethinking Drinking Habits During Stressful Times
We are all facing uncertainty and stress related to the current COVID-19 situation. Fear and anxiety about your health and the health of your loved ones might lead to using alcohol and other substances more frequently. Now may be a good time to reflect on drinking habits and think about how they might affect your health.
The National Institutes of Health recommends that men have no more than 14 drinks per week, and that women limit themselves to no more than 7 drinks per week. Drinking more than this is considered at-risk drinking.
Any alcohol consumption above and beyond the recommended limits can put you at risk for an alcohol use disorder and increase your risk of injuries, drowning, high blood pressure, heart and liver disease, and some types of cancer. By not drinking too much, you can reduce the risk of these short- and long-term health risks.
What can I do to help myself or a loved one?
As we all cope with the new challenges of current world events, it is important to be sure to stay healthy and resilient. Here are some steps you can take today to ensure that alcohol doesn't become a problem for you or your loved ones:
•Take this short self-assessment to evaluate your drinking habits, and share it with your friends and family.
•Educate yourself about the recommended single-day and weekly limits for alcohol use and resolve to stay within those limits. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohols-effects-health
•Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information on healthy ways to cope stress and anxiety. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html