COVID-19 Pandemic Excessive Drinking Increases
Alcohol Sales Alarm Health Experts
“There are data to indicate people are drinking more than usual,” said substance abuse researcher Dr. Mariann Piano in the American Heart Association News. “And there’s no question that drinking too much every day leads to an increase in health risks.”
COVID-19 Daily Stress
The stress of daily living during the COVID-19 pandemic is very real.
Increased Alcohol Consumption Weakens the Immune System
Higher levels of alcohol consumption negatively impacts the immune system.
“Alcohol has diverse adverse effects throughout the body, including on all cells of the immune system, that lead to increased risk of serious infections,” according to Yale Medicine addiction medicine specialist, Dr. E. Jennifer Edelman.
Alcohol and the Immune System
High levels of alcohol consumption negatively impact the immune system. Research in Alcohol and the Immune System at the National Institutes of Health has shown that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to pneumonia. Past evidence shows alcohol consumption can worsen the outcomes from respiratory illnesses by damaging the lungs and gut; and impairing the cells responsible for immune function.
In general, the healthier a person’s immune system is, the quicker viruses can be cleared. Alcohol makes it harder for the immune system to gear up and defend the body.
Also see Coronavirus COVID-19 Alcohol Effects
Alcohol Sales Increase in Last 6 Months
• A spike in alcohol sales has alarmed health experts.
• Nielsen research reports that alcohol sales in stores were up 54% in late March 2020.
• By late April of this year, online alcohol sales were up nearly 500% over last year.
• Increased drinking can make people even more vulnerable to respiratory diseases.
• Those with medical conditions known to be risk factors for COVID-19 should drink even less.
• Increased alcohol consumption is known to increase depression.
Looking at Drinking Patterns
• NIAAA defines heavy alcohol use as more than 4 drinks on any day for men or more than 3 drinks for women.
• NIAAA defines binge drinking as consuming 5 or more drinks (male), or 4 or more drinks (female), in about 2 hours.
Drinking excessively, which includes binge drinking and heavy alcohol use, increases your risk of harmful consequences, including AUD (alcohol use disorder). The more drinks on any day and the more heavy drinking over time, the greater the risk. From How Much is Too Much
Wellness, Self Care, Anxiety Relief and Relapse Prevention
Especially for those in addiction recovery, coping skills in relapse prevention and anxiety relief activities are essential. To deal positively with this very challenging and ongoing situation, make Stress Relief activities – and Wellness and Self-Care – a priority.
▪ Stop ‘doom scrolling’
▪ Structure Your Day
▪ Morning Journal
▪ Listen to Healing Music
▪ Stay Emotionally Connected
▪ Nutrition – Eat Healthy Meals
▪ Develop Sleep Hygiene
▪ MOVE – Yoga, Tai Chi, Walking
Benefits of Alcohol Recovery
▪ Improved Immune System
▪ Less Free-floating Anxiety
▪ Better Sleep
▪ Better Nutrition
▪ Lower Risk of Cancer
▪ Improved Heart (Cardiovascular) Health
▪ Improved Thinking (brain fog lifts)
▪ Better Skin and Healthier Weight
▪ Improved Digestive System
▪ Improved Blood Pressure
▪ Less Impaired Behavior Issues
▪ Feeling GOOD!
Alcohol Recovery – Getting Started
Medical Detox at New Start Recovery Solutions
Don’t let the fear of alcohol withdrawal keep you trapped! Break the cycle of addiction through safe medical detoxification.
Our fully staffed medical facility provides a safe and comfortable environment for people to go through the process of substance withdrawal. During the detox process, all substances will be removed from your body. This allows you to focus solely on healing and will give you the peace of mind and healthiness of spirit needed to face your addiction head-on.
Whether you have been addicted for several days or many years – a safe, comfortable detox is the essential beginning to your recovery! Patients stay at our facility for the duration of the detox process. After detox, the individual may immediately enter our residential treatment program.
Each of our patients receives an individualized assessment and treatment program.
After Detox – Bay Area Dual Diagnosis Residential Rehab
Individuals rarely want to take the time needed for residential rehab and addiction recovery. It is easy to use the career as an excuse to avoid getting help. However, the best chance for recovery is a permanent change in habitual behaviors. Time, education and therapy are required to make permanent behavioral changes.
Dual Diagnosis or Co-occurring Disorders is a term for people who have both a mental health issue (such as PTSD, depression, trauma, anxiety) and an addiction problem (substance use disorder, or SUD).
If you think you may be suffering from a substance use disorder – as well as PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma or other mental illness (dual diagnosis) – please know that seeking help is the first step to addiction recovery and regaining control of your life.
We are a Certified Provider of Conscious Recovery.
The eventual outcome of an escalating addiction will take a lot longer to sort out than taking a few weeks off for rehab.
We are committed to helping those in need.
We will continue to serve our community safely. Please be assured that we are here to assist as we navigate through this challenging time!
The health and safety of our community has been, and remains, our greatest focus.
Please don’t hesitate to contact New Start Recovery Solutions Admissions department if we can be of any assistance.
New Start Recovery Solutions Current Services:
• General Outpatient Services (GOP)
• Men & Women ages 18+ for all services
• 24-hour on-site monitoring
• Residential in-patient treatment
• Conscious Recovery
• Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Substance Use Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis Treatment (Our Specialty)
• Partial Hospitalization (PHP) focusing on mental health therapy
• Veteran/Military PTSD Dual Diagnosis Rehab
• TriWest In-network (Proud to be Serving our Military!)
We thank all the essential workers that continue to assist in these times!
We recognize the importance of continuing to serve our clients.
We are a Military Addiction Recovery Center
In-network with TriWest
We Accept Most Insurance
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