With all of the additional stress about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it's natural to feel vulnerable right now. If you're currently struggling with an alcohol use disorder, crises such as this bring up a particularly unique set of concerns.
Regardless of how much alcohol a person consumes, it can weaken our immune system over time. Those who have problematic drinking behaviors can be amongst the most vulnerable populations for getting COVID-19.
This article from alcohol.org outlines how COVID-19 affects those struggline with alcoholism, like:
- anxiety when faced with the unknown
- isolation from your support system
- a weakened immune system
- how to get help for alcoholism
We know this time can be stressful and it can be tempting to turn to old patterns, but rest assured there is help available - all you have to do is reach out. What we can't do alone, we can do together.
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