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New Brunswickers have been practicing physical distancing for a few weeks now, a challenge none of us were truly prepared for and one that has far reaching impacts on all parts of life. It’s important to keep in touch with friends and family through various phone or internet options, and to try to manage feelings of isolation or anxiety. It’s also an important time to pay attention to alcohol intake. Refer to Canada’s low-risk drinking guidelines and pay attention to your alcohol intake.
Many of the markers that people naturally use to monitor drinking are drastically reduced or eliminated in the current environment. Driving, getting up early for work or lack of time may no longer be reasons to curb alcohol consumption. You likely also have greater access when you’re at home. And the daily structure of routine is gone, making time feel irrelevant.
These are all reasons to be more diligent than ever in monitoring alcohol consumption. The ability to overconsume, paired with the stress and anxiety of isolation requires careful attention to moderation. Educ’alcool recommends three steps to stay in the “moderation zone”:
- Count your drinks
- Adhere to Canada’s recommended low-risk drinking guidelines
- Alternate alcohol and non-alcohol drinks
If you’re in good health, a drink now and then can be safe, and socializing with virtual happy hours, where people use meeting apps to get together for a drink and some conversation, can be fun and a good substitute to getting together. Just be aware of how much you are consuming – moderation is key.
If you are in recovery, it is important during this time to maintain your contact with your addiction and mental health counselor by keeping all your appointments. You should not postpone your appointments until after the outbreak is over. All the Addiction and Mental Health services across the province remain open. Your clinician may even be able to offer telephone or video appointments.
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