Lockdown Home Drinking: 1. How to keep things under control

16 April 2020 Posted by

It goes without saying that these are strange times.

We’re all staying at home, going out for exercise or essentials, and working out of the way at home as much as possible.

Meanwhile a run of sunlit Cornish blue skies and the Easter holidays have made this a weird mixture of enjoyable relaxation, despite the bad news gathering around us, as we wait for this storm to pass.

Gone is the easy option of a night out, or even a coffee and a catch up.

We have time on our hands in which the community spirited thing to do is genuinely to keep safe at home and watch a movie.

In that context, it’s all too easy to sit back and open another can or bottle of your choice of refreshment, and let the hours pass. This helps you to relax, and it takes your mind off worrying news from around us, or even from your own family. It would be all too easy to stop watching what you drink, and then let the alcohol units start to add up unnoticed.

This could be an excusable short-term response, but there are some problems to be aware of.

For a start, alcohol isn’t really an effective way to de-stress.

It might work in the short term, but if it becomes your go-to, your normal routine, you’ll find that you start needing to drink more to get the same effect.

And you may find that it helps to knock you out and get you off to sleep, but most people then find that you end up with restless and interrupted sleep, which doesn’t leave you refreshed.

Also, the calories may start to add up with the alcohol, and weight could become a problem.And if alcohol really takes hold, the last thing you want right now is to have an accident or make yourself ill, and end up having to go to your nearest hospital.

Right now, you need to avoid that. And the brilliant NHS staff have more urgent matters to take care of.

That would be one avoidable visit to A&E that we’d all be better off without.

So here’s our suggestion.

No-one’s expecting everyone to give up alcohol in this situation. Handled carefully, it remains a valid way of relaxing for many people. But to make sure you keep the amount you’re drinking at a sensible and healthy level. That means being clear how much and when you choose to drink alcohol, and sticking to it.

This is where the Drinksmeter App is a really helpful tool.

By using it you decide where your level is, you monitor that you’re not gradually drinking more, and you stay drinking in the way that you have chosen.

At this lockdown moment, when getting out to see and talk to someone about your drinking is impossible, the Drinksmeter is a perfect self-monitoring tool. For most people it’s all that’s needed, but if you find you need to talk to someone for advice, the right contact details are within the app, based on the region where you live.

In the next post, we’ll guide you through how to use the Drinksmeter app.

It’s easy. If you’ve used an app on your phone, you can do it!

If you have any comments, questions, problems or feedback, please email us at daat@cornwall.gov.uk



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