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Alcohol Addiction During a Pandemic

January 21, 2021

For everyone, this past year was strange and stressful in all aspects. With the government-mandated stay-at-home orders, people became more lonely and anxious.

All of these challenges pushed people to turn towards alcohol and drugs to cope or keep them from boredom. A survey from the RAND Corporation mentions that women have been more vocal about cutting back on heavy drinking, due to the pandemic.

Increased anxiety, along with loneliness and uncertainty are common factors that can contribute to a relapse. If you, a family member or a friend is feeling this way, read what the signs of alcohol abuse can be.

 

Signs of Alcohol Abuse:

Inability to control how often/much you drink
Spending long periods of time drinking, getting alcohol and recovering from drinking
Inability to resist intense cravings or urges
Continuing to drink when it’s causing issues with relationships/work
Developing a tolerance, so you need more to feel drunk
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly quit or reduce your drinking quickly

 

Choosing to take control of your addiction is a brave thing to do, but know you are never alone in doing so. The experts at CADS are here to offer support, care and treatment throughout your journey to help make your recovery a success.

For more information on prevention, education, treatment of addictions, substance abuse and other disorders related to the harmful use of drugs and alcohol, contact us or take our confidential self-assessment. We help treat the addict, the abuser and their family and friends.

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