Lockdown life, did your drinking get out of control?

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Lockdown was a stressful, anxious, lonely, and sometimes even downright dull, time for many.

On top of the isolation many needed to assume the extra or sole responsibility for tasks such as home schooling or housekeeping.  Some lost their jobs, others had to take on extra work as colleagues got sick or were furloughed.

Lots of people found long days - with no social interactions, no pubs, and restaurants open, no gyms or fitness classes accessible - simply boring.

The days seemed to stretch on interminably, running from one into the next and without the usual structures and purpose of normal life, many turned to alcohol as a way of dealing with the situation, finding themselves drinking progressively earlier in the day and in larger quantities.

But when does your drinking become a problem? How do you know if it is out of control?

If alcohol starts to disrupt your daily life and commitments, it is generally a good indicator that you are probably drinking too much. When friends and family start to comment on the amount or frequency of your alcohol consumption it can be a sign of excess.

Other potential signs are a deterioration in mental health, anxiety, stress, insomnia, broken sleep, or irritability. As well as an increase in aggression or violence – increased arguments with loved ones, picking arguments with strangers.

If you find you are drinking when you don’t really want to, or if once you start drinking you can’t seem to stop then these are good signs that you might have a problem.

Now that certain restrictions are being lifted and the world is getting back to the “new normal” are you are struggling to put down the habit that deepened during lockdown? Then it might be you could do with some help.

Why don’t you check out our Self-assessment test for Alcohol Use Disorder – see if your drinking is out of control. Click here

Signs you could be drinking too much -
  • Unable to maintain obligations at home, school or with work
  • Comments and concern from friends and family
  • Using alcohol as a “coping mechanism”
  • Increase in anxiety, an inability to cope with stress
  • Disrupted or poor sleep
  • Violent or aggressive outbursts
  • Regular or heavy drinking – especially alone
  • Increasing tolerance or amount drunk
  • Increasingly negative or even harmful consequences

If you think you or a family member has a problem with addiction contact our specialist team on their confidential helpline +34 685 582 150

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