We’re not going to lie; things have been rough for a lot of people. A combination of increased stressors, social isolation, and anxieties surrounding this pandemic has left many scratching their heads on how to cope with the woes of day to day life. And, with a lack of outlets, many have turned to the unhealthy habit of drinking a bit too much.
Recent surveys show that since the onset of COVID-19, alcohol sales have gone up 500% in the United States, with a whopping 1 in 4 Millennials reporting that they’ve increased their daily alcohol consumption. While these statistics are shocking, they certainly aren’t surprising given the challenges many families are facing today.
However, while alcohol may seem like a quick fix to stave off stress, increased drinking can quickly turn into addiction, and overall, carries a host of negative health benefits. Excess alcohol consumption can lead to everything from weight gain to kidney disease, and much more.
So, how do you cope with the stress of today’s world and still pass on that extra drink?
Kristin went on to discuss how it’s essential for everyone to watch their alcohol consumption and for those who work with children and families to be able to lead a conversation around excess drinking. Many youth and caregivers are at increased risk for developing addiction due to pre-existing stressors or mental health conditions.
If your family struggles with addiction, contact us today to learn more about our youth substance use services. You can reach any of our 30 locations by calling 406-245-6539 or by contacting us through our website.