Confinement and Alcohol

Have we been drinking more?

Canadians have increasingly turned to alcohol during their hours of self-isolation and distancing.

That’s the conclusion of a Nanos Research survey commissioned by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

The survey conducted between March 30 and April 2, shows that fully 25% of Canadians aged 35-54, and 20% of those aged 18-34, say they have increased the amount of alcohol they’ve consumed while largely confined to their homes during the pandemic.

Overall, 18 per cent of Canadians indicated they are drinking more,

Many factors are responsible for the increase in drinking, with the report identifying a lack of a regular schedule (51 per cent), boredom (49 per cent), stress (44 per cent) and loneliness (19 per cent) as the top four.

Dr. Catherine Paradis, senior research and policy analyst at CCSA, points to a blurring of the line between people’s work and leisure as a possible explanation for the increase in alcohol consumption.

“With the ongoing threat of COVID-19, all those boundaries have been blurred, so it has become difficult for individuals to gauge when work and related activities end and leisure time begins, much like during the holidays. And the line between what is ordinary and what is extraordinary is blurred.”

Paradis says she’s concerned that many people who have increased their alcohol consumption will have a difficult time returning to their customary levels once this crisis passes.

“Don’t underestimate how addictive alcohol is,” she says. “After six, seven or eight weeks of daily drinking, going back to your pre-COVID drinking patterns, that were perhaps two or three times a week, might not be as easy as we expect it to be. People need to be aware of that.”

Why does it matter?

Habits are formed quickly and can be hard to break.

Alcohol intake – and its management – is particularly important for well-being and mental health during this pandemic.

And there are also risks beyond the individual.

In another survey, one in 14 (7%) of respondents felt that alcohol had worsened their household tensions since lockdown began.

Unfortunately, while alcohol can help us relax and give us a brief feeling of euphoria, the effects are short-lived and the long-term negative consequences of over-using alcohol can be harmful.

If you rely on alcohol to manage your mental health issues, that reliance can itself become a problem. You may well find that your drinking gets in the way of other activities and puts a strain on your relationships and your work.

While some will find that cutting down without support is possible, others will need assistance.

What Can You Do About It?

My Reduce Alcohol hypnosis program will help.

If your drinking has become a habit, it’s worth remembering that drinking is merely a mental “program” – you have “programmed” yourself to drink alcohol in just the same way that you have programmed yourself to ride a bicycle.

And these mental programs can be re-set and re-written.

Hypnosis is an effective approach in dealing with the problems that excess alcohol can lead to – issues with relationships, weight and health.

It will identify those areas and aspects of your life that may require tweaks and modification.

It will enable you to adapt, change and to look at alcohol intake in a completely new way.

Hypnosis will help you realize that alcohol is not essential to relaxation and is not necessary as a crutch or coping mechanism.

My Reduce Alcohol program will enable you to take back control, and will lead the way to a fitter, healthier you!

And NOW – it can all be done from the comfort of your own home, wherever you are in the world.

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