Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm Protecting Your Health and Wellbeing by cutting back on alcohol
This week marks the 8th EU Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm. The Week provides an opportunity to get people talking and thinking about their relationship with alcohol.
We have all been experiencing increased stress and anxiety in recent months due to COVID-19 but using alcohol to cope can create more problems. Some people may find that their reasons for drinking have changed over the months from a social occasion to needing to drink to alleviate stress or boredom.
Some reasons you might like to cut back on your alcohol intake now:
• You may reach for alcohol in times of stress or worry, but alcohol has a negative impact on mental health and can make stressful times feel even worse
• When you drink too much, you may be less aware of following social distancing and hygiene advice
• Alcohol negatively affects the quality of sleep, making it harder to cope in stressful times
• Alcohol can make your immune system less effective, impacting its ability to fight off viruses
Visit askaboutalcohol.ie for tools to help you assess your drinking habits and tips for drinking less.
If you find that you are continuing to drink in spite of problems or you are experiencing distress/anxiety due to another person’s drinking you should contact: HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline 1800 459 459 Mon-Fri 9.30-5.30pm for confidential help and support services or find alcohol support and treatment services near you