COVID-19 AND ALCOHOL USE
- Did you know that alcohol causes inflammation and interferes with the body’s response to viral and bacterial infections?
BEFORE YOU CHOOSE, UNDERSTAND YOUR MOTIVATION
- Do you drink alcohol to be social or to unwind? Those drinking to be social saw a 21% decrease in alcohol usage last year. Did you?
DEVELOP HEALTHY HABITS
- Exercise, hydrate, eat nutritious food, get adequate sleep, pursue creative interests and hobbies, stay connected with supportive friends, and ask for help when needed.
RECOGNIZE YOUR STRESS
- Those who use alcohol to cope saw a 31% increase in usage last year. Alcohol isn’t the only way to cope. Identify healthy ways to deal with stress before it’s too much to manage.
- As more people work from home and self-isolate, loneliness and boredom can be a concern. Trying a new hobby, volunteering, or connecting with family and friends virtually can be a healthy alternative.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories to decrease stress levels.
- Continue taking care of business. Routines promote structure and a sense of control, thus decreasing stress.
ASK FOR HELP
- If you set limits on your drinking and are unable to meet them, that’s a sign that you may have an alcohol use problem. Reach out for help from our Substance Abuse Counseling Center (SACC) at 252-466-7568.
- For more information, check out the DOD alcohol campaign at ownyourlimits.org.