There has been calls for the reduction of at-home alcohol consumption amid pub closures and isolation in Ireland.
Drinkaware, the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol misuse in Ireland, is encouraging the public to manage time spent at home or in self-isolation without alcohol, given that 50% of Irish adults cite coping as motivation for their drinking habits.
People are told to limit or cut out alcohol completely as this is being used to subsidise for stress during these challenging times.
"Drinking at home presents unique issues including often unintended excessive drinking" according to Sheena Horgan, Drinkaware CEO. therefore, people are urged to have non-alcoholic beverages stocked at home, to store alcohol out of site and to remove it from their shopping lists as it is not regarded as an essential item at this time.
Drinkaware offer a host of activities you can do at home to replace alcohol consumption, these include:
Adults living in Ireland aged 18-24 and 25-34 are most likely to report using alcohol as a way to cheer up when in a bad mood or feeling stressed, as well as to forget about problems or because it helps when feeling depressed or anxious.
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