As we adjust to our temporary new normal of remote working, physical distancing and constantly evolving updates about Covid-19, now more than ever, we all need to be more mindful of how much alcohol we are drinking, the impact this may be having on our mental and physical wellbeing, and explore our sober curious. Here you can access information and practical advice on alcohol and mental health, drinking at home, your immune system, working remotely, sleep and links to support. The Drinkaware team is here to help - join us on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for tips, activities and events. We're all in this together.
Half of adults in Ireland use alcohol as a way to cope with stress, anxiety or to cheer themselves up. However, drinking to cope with these feelings is likely to have the opposite effect. It will not help to make you feel better and can contribute to the development of new problems. There are many different actions we can take to protect our own and our loved ones' mental wellbeing at this uncertain time.
We are all spending more time at home than usual and have more free time to fill, so we may be tempted to drink more often. Let's use this time to explore our sober curious and think about our relationship with alcohol. For many of us, this might be a good time to consider taking a break from alcohol. If you catch yourself reaching for a glass of wine of bottle of beer to reduce stress or boredom, try our tips and make a change.
The HSE advises that you are more at risk of serious illness if you catch coronavirus and you have a weak immune system (immunosuppressed), among other at-risk groups. Did you know that drinking too much can impair the immune system in a number of ways?
For some, remote working is quite normal but for others across Ireland, this is a new and unexpected experience that will take time to get used to. What is most important to remember is to keep up your usual workday routines and look after your wellbeing.
Alcohol is a sedative which is why people often say that alcohol can help get you to sleep. While this may be true, there are some significant caveats to understand that are perhaps less discussed or widely known. At a time when stress and new routines may already be affecting sleep patterns, it's even more important to remember that drinking alcohol will have a negative impact on the quality of your sleep.
Our Support page has details of support services nationwide. Here is a list of other national charities who are going above and beyond to support their communities throughout this time.
Alone operates a COVID-19 support line for older people
Call 0818 222 024 (8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday)
Irish Cancer Society
Phone and online support for anyone undergoing cancer treatment and is concerned about Covid-19
Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 (9am to 8pm, Mon to Thurs, 9am to 5pm, Fri to Sun)
Online enquiry form
Providing phone support and information to callers experiencing abuse from intimate partners.
TNational Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Information and support to anyone over 18 about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who experiences depression or bipolar.
Freephone Support Line 1800 80 48 48 (from 10am to 10pm every day)
Phone and text-based support counselling for people who are suicidal or engaging in self-harm
Freephone 1800 247 247 (any time, day or night)
Text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply)
Ireland's 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18
Freephone 1800 666 666 (any time, day or night)
Text 50101 (10am to 4pm every day)
Chat online at www.childline.ie (10am to 4pm every day)
Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people.
Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280