Drinkaware, an Irish charity dedicated to helping prevent and reduce alcohol misuse, have released worrying data showing a rise in alcohol consumption since the lockdown came into effect.
Their report shows:
- A quarter of those asked were drinking more since the start of lockdown, while another quarter are drinking less
- 52% are drinking at least once a week, compared to 44% the previous year
- 24% are drinking 2-3 times a week
- 14% are drinking 4 or more times a week
The reasons for the increase in alcohol consumption seem to be heavily related to the difficult times:
- 88% said they drank to relax and unwind
- 47% said that tensions in their household had increased since lockdown began
Drinkaware said there were 90,000 visits to their website in April.
Sheena Horgan, Drinkaware CEO, says the results of the study showed how
“…the new norm is changing Irish drinking habits and attitudes”
“As we enter the first phase of easing restrictions, we need to renew our efforts to explore alternative and healthier coping strategies that don’t involve consistent and potentially harmful drinking.
“The more troubling evidence that includes more frequent drinking (4+ times every week), sits alongside positive findings regarding attitude and behaviour change.”
Drinkaware is using this information to plan ahead for the next phase.
Alcoholism and Addiction
Clearly the figures are a concern in that increase consumption of alcohol could lead to alcoholism or addiction.
Alcohol is very addictive. Once a habit is formed, people can suddenly find it is hard to get through the day without it.
Another aspect of concern is that drinking during lockdown is not social. It is happening at home not in a pub. Many are drinking alone or else with members of the household only; using alcohol as a means to cope with the coronavirus lockdown.
As lockdown begins to ease, the social isolation means that for many, little changes in reality. Every day routines are broken and social affairs remain on hold.
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Where drinking is out of hand, it is important to seek help and support. The usual options include:
- Support from your doctor/GP
- Counselling or psychotherapy
- Group therapy
- Rehab programmes
- Self-help support
TMS Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Another option to consider is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment.
Smart TMS in Dublin offers a unique treatment for addiction and dependency, specifically dealing with the cravings and psychological aspects of addiction. This is a medication-free treatment which works directly on the specific areas of the brain associated with addiction.
Treatment is available for a number of substance dependencies including TMS Treatment for Alcohol Dependence/Alcoholism.
TMS treatment is better known for its application in treating difficult mental health conditions such as anxiety, OCD or depression. These can often be underlying conditions that a person is drinking to cope with. So Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment can be used to tackle the root problem as well as a resultant addiction.
Smart TMS, Dublin
Smart TMS offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment for a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction. It is an alternative option which might suit patients who have tried medication and talking therapies without success. TMS uses magnetic impulses to stimulate or modulate the function of neural circuits in the brain in order to alleviate symptoms of mental illness or addiction.
TMS treatment is available in Dublin with specialist provider, Smart TMS at their RTMS Ireland Clinic.
The clinic is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the company hope to reopen as soon as they are able in order to provide further help for their patients.
Smart TMS’s Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Irish treatment clinic in Dublin is located at:
28/32 Pembroke Street Upper,
For any queries or to book an appointment, please contact us:
Tel: (01) 254 2514