Pandemic restrictions are ending, but my excessive drinking isn’t

Many people, maybe you or someone you know, turned to alcohol as a way to cope during the pandemic. You might be noticing now, as pandemic restrictions ease where you live, you’re having a hard time cutting back your drinking.

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Increased Alcohol Sales & Consumption

Well, you’re not alone. Alcohol sales and consumption increased dramatically during the pandemic as people used it to cope with stress and anxiety, boredom and isolation, depression, and other symptoms of 2020’s incredible uncertainty.

As you may be feeling right now, alcohol isn’t actually a good tool for coping in normal, nor in abnormal times. What may seem like a reduction in anxiety is only ever temporary, after which point, it comes rushing back, often even worse than before.

And there are all the other negative effects of alcohol, like those affecting physical health (high blood pressure, heart and liver disease), mental health (depression and anxiety), focus and memory, relationships, and immune response.

Alcohol consumption can also lead to addiction. Maybe you’re worried you’re already there. Now what?

Substance Abuse Assessments

For more than 50 years, Canvas Health has provided a wide range of substance abuse assessments to people in our Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metro communities. Our goal is to help clients understand the possible presence and extent of their issue, and assist them in designing a plan to address their specific circumstance.

We specialize in substance abuse assessments, as well as alcohol treatment for all ages, in addition to other addiction treatments and drug treatments. We also are able to do court-ordered drug or alcohol assessments.

If you’d like to have your questions answered and your concerns about your alcohol use or drug use addressed, Canvas Health’s experienced, patient, and non-judgmental counselor are ready to help. Schedule a substance abuse assessment via our website or by calling us at (651) 777-5222.