Coronavirus has caused life to change, and people may react to that differently.
For some people, having no structure to their day alongside all the other worries and stresses can lead to an increase in alcohol consumption.
Keeping track of your drinking is even more important than usual.
Understanding why you drink, being aware of how many units you are drinking and the ways to reduce risks to your health and wellbeing can help you make informed choices.
For more information, read the low risk drinking guidelines.
- To keep health risks from alcohol low, both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week, on a regular basis.
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or become pregnant, the chief medical officer’s advice is that no alcohol is the safest option. Find out more about alcohol and pregnancy.
- For those under 18 years old, the Chief Medical Officer advises that an alcohol-free childhood is the healthiest and best option.
- If you are taking prescription medication, or any other drugs, it is important to be aware of how they interact with alcohol.
- Visit count14.scot for more information.
Find ways to keep track of your drinking and see our tips on cutting down your drinking.
Looking after your mental health
Maintaining healthy social connections is very important and we have ways to help you stay connected.
Although physical distancing restrictions are changing you may not have access to your usual coping mechanisms or support systems and this can make you feel lonely and isolated.
You may drink alcohol to relax and forget your problems. Drinking can impact your mood making it more difficult to manage negative thoughts and feelings.
Long-term and frequent drinking can reduce mental wellbeing and contribute to feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
If you are finding things tough and have noticed an increase in your drinking , speak with friends, family members, counsellors, community groups or anyone who can help you get through these challenging times.
Find out more about looking after your mental wellbeing.
Tips to manage your drinking at home
Try not to stockpile as you're more likely to reach for a drink more often if it’s readily available.
Find ways to relax and treat yourself that don’t involve alcohol, like cooking, family board games, a video call with friends or exercise.
Having a healthy diet and physical activity are also very important. Develop and maintain a routine that involves regular sleep, mealtimes and exercise.
If you do have a drink, stick to the low-risk weekly drinking guideline.
Set rules around your drinking, such as:
- not drinking until your evening meal
- only drinking at the weekend
- not drinking in front of children.
Further information on where to get help.