How to avoid drinking too much alcohol during quarantine

The first days of this quarantine left us striking images in supermarkets: the first good to be in short supply was toilet paper. But over the days, in the absence of this basic product, we also notice the absence on the shelves of another that is no longer so necessary: ​​beer. This drink made from barley grains has increased its sales by 78%, according to Gelt's weekly analysis.

This means that many Spaniards consume this fermented alcohol to alleviate boredom that quarantine means, or as a way to disconnect and calm the anxiety they may feel in these days of confinement and uncertainty. Cutting off all social interaction in a culture as Mediterranean as ours overnight is not easy.

If you start to lose interest in your hobbies, work or stop keeping in touch with your friends, it could be an indication of a problem

On the other hand, alcohol can lead to many health problems not only on a physical level, since this substance is also associated with progressive mental deterioration if consumed in excess. Definitely, try to avoid it as much as possible, since from no point of view can it be healthy, and the less quantity or frequency of consumption, the better.

In this sense, Why is this spike in alcoholic beverages due to quarantine? A good explanation could be that most of them take them in a social context and only on weekends. Considering that quarantine has forced many citizens to live in a ‘perpetual Sunday’ and in some cases away from family and friends, we can deduce that these are the two ideal conditions by which the consumption of beer and alcohol has increased in recent weeks. Since confinement has stripped us of these social contexts and we have more free time (with the exception of jobs dedicated to essential activities), it is likely that many people end up choosing to open a can or more at the same time. throughout their mornings, afternoons and nights.

How to know if our consumption is it becoming excessive and do we have to worry? The popular acquis always advises limiting intake only to meals and in small quantities, since digestion of food In the stomach it neutralizes to a certain extent its toxic effects on the body, which is why there is a belief that while you eat a lot you don't have a hangover. Therefore, if you drink before or after each meal, you should be more alert at the risk of this consumption becoming a habit, and put measures to reduce it as soon as possible.

Another of the red flags that warn that you could have a problem is when you no longer care about enjoying the drink, that is, when you no longer even value its taste on the palate, and simply use it for the effects it produces. Also when you stop doing other activities that you like, as you recognize Peter Provet in ‘New York Post’, CEO of a New York rehabilitation center. "If you start to lose interest in your hobbies, work or keep in touch with your friends, as well as if you resort to it even when you have tasks to do, it can be a clear indication that you have a problem," he says.

Replace the classic can of beer with a homemade juice made from fresh fruit

The most worrying thing is if you already thought you had a problem before quarantine. In this sense, for those people who could be starting a period of rehabilitation or a more sober life, "isolation is the enemy of recovery ”Provet acknowledges. "Most programs are focused on community help to keep the person strong, so social distancing can help reduce the number of infections of the virus, but also expose a new relapse those who were addicted and struggling to overcome their addiction. "

Helpful tips

The first thing is, as we said, try as much as possible to keep in touch with friends and family. Isolation sometimes produces the false feeling of loneliness, when being physically alone is not the same as feeling lonely. Therefore, before you suffer a slump that makes you want to open a bottle, try to contact someone to be heard. Call a family member or friend you haven't spoken to in a long time. You don't have to open your feelings, just pick up the phone and have a normal conversation.

Another of the solutions that Provet proposes is keep yourself busy as much as possible. If you spend a lot of time in front of the television or updating social networks, your anxiety will increase, especially if you only consume content related to the pandemic. Plan certain outings to this boredom. Surely there are activities that inspire you and help you get out of tedium, such as thinking about the possibility of an upcoming project, watching movies or listening to soft music while doing meditation.

Finally, an addiction is often cured only when you get hooked on something else. In this case and obviously, something positive and healthy. If you think you should open a beer, better bet on a soft drink. And if you think you are saturated with soft drinks, try making delicious homemade juice with fresh fruit. Not only your body will thank you, but also sit would be much more rewarding for you the fact of enjoying something that has taken you a while to do. Opening the fridge and picking up a can is very easy, but why not try to prepare some delicious dessert that feels luxurious after dinner?

In short, take advantage of this quarantine to think of yourself and develop healthy habits. At the end, being at peace with yourself also means loving yourself, and the best way is self-care. And alcohol, while it may seem like a momentary and quick fix to a dull or dull day, does no good for your physical or mental health.