Many people wonder how much alcohol is “too much” alcohol. Although the answer to this question can vary from individual to individual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that women have no more than 1 drink per day and that men have no more than 2 drinks per day.
If you find yourself engaging in binge drinking, which is considered 4 drinks or more a day for women, and 5 drinks for men, it's time to cut down on your alcohol consumption. If you have difficulty cutting down, then it's time to seek treatment for substance abuse issues.
Granted, it’s a difficult time. Perhaps you are feeling wiped out and a bit stir-crazy since the onset of COVID-19 and are turning to alcohol for relief. Not everyone is prone to developing an addiction to or dependency upon alcohol, but it can be easy to fall into powerful and habitual routines and find yourself in a troublesome and dangerous situation.
COVID-19 has exposed and accentuated the fear and uncertainty in all of us. The social isolation, financial uncertainties, and job loss that has transpired as a result of COVID-19 have left many people vulnerable to depression and other mental illnesses, and have led many to self-medicating with alcohol. Self-medication often starts innocently, being a simple attempt to feel better and relax. However, repeated self-medication with drugs or alcohol can lead many people down a path of darkness and destruction.
So what to do to avoid drowning your troubles in alcohol? Practice self-care.
Self-care looks different for everyone. Self-care could mean watching a movie, getting a massage, reading a book, making sure you eat 3 meals a day . . . things you do to keep yourself mentally, spiritually and physically fit. Even though some of the activities you enjoy are currently off limits or discouraged due to the pandemic, there are lots of things you can do that will contribute to your overall mental and physical health, such as:
- Taking up a creative hobby, such as painting or learning to play an instrument
- Chatting with friends over the phone or having social distance meet-ups
- Yoga and meditation
- Tackling some projects around the house you've been meaning to do
- Taking online courses to learn new skills
Do things that you enjoy as well as things that will improve the quality of your life. The act of achieving something can really lift your spirits and motivate you to continue on a healthy path.
If all else fails and you are having significant trouble cutting back or abstaining from alcohol, it may be time to seek out a trusted addiction treatment provider.
Whether virtual outpatient therapy, inpatient or outpatient treatment sessions are right for you, there are plenty of options for you to choose from at Valor Recovery Center.
If you or a loved one are struggling with an alcohol use disorder or excessive drinking,
reach out to us today at 330-330-8777
We will assist you in finding the right treatment program for your unique situation.