Do you reach for a drink when you feel down?
Those of us who struggle with our mental health can often resort to drinking alcohol to cope with emotions we feel unable to deal with another way. For many, lockdown and its effects will have exacerbated these emotions, with many of us experiencing heightened feelings of isolation, boredom and stress as we adapt to new ways of living.
Research conducted by Alcohol Change UK shows that, out of a survey of 2,000 drinkers, more than a quarter think they have drunk more during lockdown, with one in five people reporting they have consumed alcohol as a response to stress or anxiety.
Regular and excessive consumption of alcohol can have negative effects on the body and mind, leaving us feeling worse than before, and in extreme cases can result in an addictive cycle.
This alcohol awareness week there are a number of simple tips you can try, to help cut down your alcohol consumption….
Take a break
Have several drink-free days each week.
Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy in moderation, but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
Have a lower strength drink
Cut down on alcohol by swapping stronger beers or wines for ones with a lower strength. Lots of brands have introduced alcohol in lower strength (ABV)
Let them know
Let a trusted friend of family member know you’re trying to cut down on your alcohol consumption and it’s important to you. It can help to have someone support and check in on you, as well as someone to be held accountable to.
If you’re struggling with your alcohol consumption, there’s a range of support available:
City & Hackney Recovery Service
Call: 0345 144 0050
Samaritans: 116 123
Help Me Stop: 0208 191 8920