• Shaen

Let’s talk Mental Health- Stress Drinking

Updated: Oct 30, 2021

Still remember back when we first started our circuit breaker here in Singapore, everyone was going a little ‘crazy’ and the first thing was no bubble tea, no haircut and of course no drinking(alcohol) !

Still remember a few of us was so eager to meet one another and we had a virtual ‘kanpai!’ session. We prepared our own drinks and had some virtual party game. While some are drinking less due to the curbs imposed on social gathering sizes throughout the pandemic, others have taken to drinking alone or in small groups at home.

Interestingly I came across an article which mentioned that studies shown in other countries have uncovered a “pandemic drinking” problem, where people turn to alcohol to cope with the stressors brought about by COVID-19.

It’s not surprising this is happening with alcohol so readily available even on food delivery platform. But do you know that alcohol addiction is not a lack of willpower but actually a mental disorder. Alcohol affects the chemicals in your brain – slowing down (depressing) how your brain and central nervous system functions. It affects the part of your brain that controls inhibition (the process of restraining your impulses or certain behaviours because of factors such as your morals or lack of confidence). This is why after a drink or two you may feel less anxious and more confident, or ‘lose your inhibitions.

Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:

· High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.

· Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.

· Weakening of the immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick.

· Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.

· Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.

· Social problems, including family problems, job-related problems, and unemployment.

· Alcohol use disorders, or alcohol dependence.

If you need support on your alcohol issue, you may click on this link https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/614/getting_support to look for the support available in Singapore.

We at Nulife would like to help you with the some of the problems you might be facing. If you’re afraid of developing some chronic diseases or weakening of immune systems, do reach out to us and have a chat with us. We have a solution for your problems.

Stay safe and we hope to see you round the corner.

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