With the festive season fast approaching, for some, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For others, the emphasis to be joyful and the increased celebrations can be very stressful. This can lead to increased alcohol consumption as a means to “self-medicate”.

Gerri, founder of Regain Recovery says, “While the lead-up to the festive period will most likely not be the main cause of alcohol dependency, it can be a time of increased risk. Many will increase their intake of alcohol over the holiday period and use it as an excuse to drink more. You may notice that a loved one is becoming more dependent on alcohol and using it as a coping mechanism. This can be a sign of alcohol dependency and the start of a prolonged problem with severe consequences.

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, contact the team today at info@regainrecovery.com or 0333 987 5078 for advice on ways to support the person in managing their alcohol dependency.”

During the Christmas period there is an increased emphasis to drink, from TV adverts showing a couple in a perfect festive scene with mulled wine in hand, to work parties and family,’ with prosecco and even brandy butter. This can cause you to easily lose track of the amount of alcohol consumed and lead you to begin drinking too much, more regularly, without even realising it.

Gerri suggests, “Take each event or task one at a time so you can fully enjoy it. Multitasking has been shown to increase stress. Also, keep an eye on the amount you’re drinking, any intake of alcohol can affect your sleep patterns and add to your stress by feeling sluggish. If you’re concerned you’re starting to require alcohol to get through daily living contact us to discuss your options to manage any potential dependency.”

Regain Recovery works with rehabilitation and detox centres helping support clients to address the many issues that may have caused them to develop a dependency on alcohol and providing them with a way forward to manage this dependency.

If you have any questions or require more advice, contact our team today at info@regainrecovery.com or 0333 987 5078.

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