As we take a little time to reflect on the challenges of this past year, and with Christmas fast approaching, it’s worth noting that according to alcoholchange.org, over the past six months around 29% of people are consuming alcohol at an increasing or high-risk level, up to 14 units per week.
Spending time with friends and family, particularly over the festive season, is fantastic for our emotional and mental wellbeing. But this year, things may be a little different – for a multitude of reasons some people may find themselves alone this year. Alcohol consumption is a negative coping mechanism, and as such can exacerbate feelings of mental ill health and could lead to alcohol addiction. Therefore, managing your emotional and mental wellbeing with positive coping mechanisms is more important than ever.
Whilst this year’s parties and work events are probably going to be a little different, it is still worthwhile looking at some simple ways to help encourage you to drink less. Here are a few worth trying:
And don’t forget, always seek advice if you are on any prescriptive medication - some medicines may state ‘not to be taken with alcohol’ as this could affect the medicine from working properly and/or increase the overall effects of alcohol.
If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, then help can be found from the NHS [see website].
And at RPS, we offer occupational health services where we support companies to manage the health and wellbeing of their people. We offer drug and alcohol screening and testing for employees; and if your teams are finding things a little more difficult this year, we deliver health and wellbeing workshops – a series of interactive sessions that focus on different areas of wellbeing including; mental health, resilience, nutrition, physical activity and more.
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