With Sydney facing another lockdown, it is important to have a healthy relationship with alcohol. In times of stress and uncertainty, it is not uncommon to increase alcohol consumption. Alcohol is often a slippery slope and excessive consumption never does any good, especially when we are facing a lot of time at home.
Australians have never had an issue drinking to excess, unfortunately it is part of our culture. So much so that bottle shops are considered ‘essential services’ at the moment. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that alcohol consumption has increased greatly across the board in the last 18 months.
Why are we drinking more?
People tend to drink more during major disasters, personal crises and unsettling times. We are living in a time of great social anxiety and stress and turning to alcohol in these situations can be an expected, but should not be advised.
Most people drink on a weekly basis and for social reasons. It is enjoyable, relaxing and a central part of the Australian lifestyle. Alcohol is not the solution to this current situation. As we are largely unable to drink in social scenarios at the moment, people are drinking more on their own than ever.
Instead we should be..
Focusing more on our health.
With a pandemic like this it is incredibly important that we ensure our immune system is in the best shape possible. We need to be eating healthier, drinking more water, exercising frequently and getting lots of sunshine.
As alcohol as is a toxin it largely has the complete opposite effect. It impacts the ability for our bodies to get the full benefit of healthy these habits. When it comes to our own health, alcohol has far more negatives than positives.
See below for how alcohol can impact your weight gain.
To get through lockdown in your best health possible, it is important that you decrease the amount of alcohol that you are consuming, especially if you have increased it.
If you are concerned about your relationship with alcohol during this lockdown and the amount you are drinking, ask yourself;
“Would I be having this drink if I was not in lockdown?”
With this in mind, it might be worthwhile to think of some other ways in which you can look to unwind, have a break from alcohol and feel like the working day is behind you.
- Card/Board games
- Make mocktails
- Virtual pub quiz
- Go to the Opera
- Learn more recipes
- Do more exercise!
Whilst it can be unrealistic to expect anyone to completely stop drinking (everything should be enjoyed in moderation), there definitely needs to be a line drawn in the sand when it comes to the amount you are consuming in the current climate.
It is very important to have a positive relationship with alcohol during this lockdown.
You should be striving to be your best self at the moment, reducing alcohol and increasing healthy activities will help you do this.
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