Anxiety: The Coronavirus and Living With Alcoholism

Oct 1, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has been hard to avoid recently, it’s been covering the television screens, social media platforms, and even the topic of conversation in our own homes. The pandemic has most certainly caused widespread panic and uncertainty across the globe. 


If you are someone who struggles from alcohol misuse, the current situations may make you feel as though you want to drink even more to deal with it all. There is always help available, from online alcohol rehab sessions to speaking to your doctor. 


How does coronavirus affect people struggling with alcoholism?


During the COVID-19 pandemic, someone who struggles with a drinking disorder might also be struggling with anxiety and loneliness. These can both be brought on by social distancing measures and instructions to stay home as much as possible. 


Alcohol can decrease the productiveness of our immune systems, creating the potential of our bodies to have an increase in susceptibility to infections. This is true to anyone who drinks alcohol, at any volume. 


The coronavirus could also mean that for some, due to closure of pubs, or having to self-isolate, there may be restricted access to alcohol. This could lead to alcohol withdrawal symptoms. 


Some people with alcohol addictions might turn to other recreational drugs as a coping mechanism for the pandemic. This could potentially increase any risks related to COVID-19. 


The anxiety of the unknown 


It is in our human nature to worry, and when faced with this uncertainty it can push a lot of us to self medicate. With the threat of coronavirus feeling like it may never end, many of us are feeling stressed out and anxious about the future. Lots of news outlets are giving out conflicting information, leading us to be confused furthermore. 


Anxiety is also a side effect of having a drinking problem, so both causes at once can make you feel very uneasy. To combat these anxious feelings, you should consider staying off social media sites where people may be posting incorrect information or scaremongering. Whilst the threat of coronavirus is real, your mental health should always be paramount. You should be as proactive as possible to stay away from things you know trigger your feelings. 


Getting outside (when you can), getting some exercise such as a run, walk or home workout into your day can also help with the anxious thoughts. Make sure to prioritise getting enough sleep and eating well. 

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