Paying attention to alcohol consumption is particularly important right now. With many cities and nations living under “shelter-in-place” or lockdown mandates, feelings of anxiety, depression or even sheer boredom increase – along with the desire to turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism. Enjoying a beer or a glass of wine with dinner now and then won’t likely cause additional issues, but higher levels of consumption may lead to bigger issues. Self-medicating with alcohol can appear as a quick-fix solution that may help ease stress and loneliness in the short term, but might lead to further instability or medical issues.

 

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