Turning to drink to cope? Here’s how to stay safe and enjoy the season

Dec 18

Turning to drink to cope? Here’s how to stay safe and enjoy the season

2020 has been a struggle for us all, but young people have faced unique challenges. Perhaps you’re missing friends, feeling uncertain of the future, anxious about disrupted education or simply have nothing to look forward to.

Hitting the gym, enjoying the company of others and making plans can help us to cope with everyday stress, and 2020 has made doing all of these things more difficult. If you have been drinking more alcohol to cope with anxiety, boredom and other negative emotions, know that you’re not alone.

However, you might be feeling concerned about your drinking if a celebration often ends in…

  • An argument
  • An accident
  • A fight
  • An inability to recall events
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • No money remaining to buy the things you need
  • Lost money and/or possessions
  • Relationship problems
  • Feeling ill
  • Low mood and anxiety ‘beer fear’
  • Having done something you wouldn’t have sober
  • Finding yourself in unfamiliar surroundings with unfamiliar people

If you need to access support, advice, or just a listening ear Wales’ Drug and Alcohol Helpline DAN 247 is available day and night.

Freephone: 0808 808 2234 Or text DAN to: 81066

 

Tips to enjoy alcohol, stay safe and avoid that hangover!

As more of us plan to drink at home this year, remember it can be more difficult to keep track of how much alcohol we drink. We tend to pour more liberal measures, use larger glasses and easily exceed our limits. We also feel a sense of security at home, but we are still add risk of accidents and alcohol related harms.

If you plan to drink alcohol during the holidays, the following tips can add to your enjoyment and reduce the harms associated with alcohol…

  • Plan how much you feel it’s acceptable to drink before you start drinking
  • Consider how you might manage pressure from others – you could remind them of commitments you have for the following day for example
  • Eat before you start to drink
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks
  • Book transport home before you go out, and remember you are more at risk of hypothermia if it is cold
  • Stick to drinks you are familiar with, and don’t mix drinks
  • Remember that mixing drugs and alcohol increases risk

Everyone knows, hangovers are the worst. Here’s how to get over yours quickly…

  • Alcohol dehydrates you so drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks (juice and/or water).
  • Try to eat little and often – foods rich in vitamin B can help (bananas, milk, cheese, rice, peanuts).
  • Rest – your body is under pressure to recover.
  • Do not drive, it will take your body approximately 1 hour to process each unit* of alcohol consumed.
  • Pain relief – Aspirin or Paracetamol (do not take more than recommended dose as it can irritate or harm the stomach and liver.
  • Drinking more alcohol will delay your recovery.

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol tolerance is individual, based on gender, size, weight, health, amount usually drunk and other factors.
As alcohol irritates the stomach, it can cause unpleasant and sometimes dangerous symptoms, particularly to those with existing conditions such as ulcers. Someone who vomits in this condition may not have the reflex to clear their airway and may choke. The brain is responsible for controlling breathing, internal organs and regulating body temperature – alcohol can slow down these functions or stop them.

Please don’t let alcohol ruin your Christmas. Enjoy the season, and stay safe!

 

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