April is alcohol awareness month. But April 2020 is unlike any we have ever experienced. COVID-19 has changed our world. Non-essential businesses are closed. People have been mandated to work from home. Kids are now completing the rest of the school year from home. Have you noticed that in many places essential businesses include liquor stores? Why is that? We all need food, water and yes, toilet paper…but alcohol?
Alcohol as an Essential Business is About Safety
From celebrations to funerals, alcohol is engrained in many of our activities and gatherings. It is hard to imagine a wedding without champagne toasts. But for some people alcohol really is essential. If you or someone you know are physically dependent on alcohol then not drinking could be dangerous, if not fatal.
Potential signs of alcohol dependence include the following:
- Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
- Shakiness or tremors
- Delirium Tremens (DTs)
If you experience some of the symptoms listed above when you miss a few hours or days of drinking, you may be physically dependent on alcohol. Please take this time to reflect on your physical and emotional connection to alcohol. Stopping abruptly is not safe.
Individual and Societal Impact
If liquor stores close, access to alcohol can become limited. Those who are dependent on alcohol could suffer from dangerous withdrawals. Withdrawing from alcohol dependence is serious enough without a world wide pandemic. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting access to alcohol could result in trips to the hospital for those undergoing withdrawal.
The Coleman Method for alcohol detox is a proven, safe, outpatient way to medically detox from alcohol. We could be the bridge from which you launch your recovery, supported with non-addictive medications to reduce cravings. Please call 888-736-1720 to learn more and decide whether this might be the right option for you.
Deborah Reich, M.D.