CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Throughout the pandemic, many of us have felt lonely, stressed, and downright bored.
Some are filling these voids and the time with alcohol.
“What we usually ask our patients is, at any time in the year have you ever had four drinks or more in a day, for women. Or five drinks or more for men,” said Dr. Akhil Anand.
Dr. Anand is an addiction psychiatrist with the Cleveland Clinic.
He says the stresses of the pandemic can lead some people to drink more.
During the pandemic, alcohol sales have risen. Restaurants have even started delivering drinks to homes.
Although alcohol is a depressant, Dr. Anand says it shouldn’t be used as a stress reliever.
“That, for us, is considered high-risk drinking,” said Dr. Anand.
Dr. Anand isn’t saying if you have more than one drink, you should be concerned. We all have times we want to celebrate and kick back now and then.
But there are signs you need to recognize when you should stop having a cold one.
“If you’re coming to a point where you can’t cut back on drinking and you’re spending a lot of time either recovering from alcohol or thinking about alcohol, these are huge red flags that you should try to address as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Anand.
While the pandemic may be remembered in history forever, finding healthy ways to cope is just as important as wearing your mask.