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Stress, Alcohol & Drugs #StressAwarenessMonth

Date Added: 25/04/2022

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Many people who experience difficult situations turn to alcohol and other substances to cope with stress. Drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from reality and serve to feel less stressed, although only temporarily.

The problem with that is alcohol and drugs themselves can take a toll on the body's physiological and psychological health that may worsen the effects of stress.

It may seem that consuming alcohol or other drugs can provide some stress relief in the short term, but as stressful events continue, heavy alcohol and drug consumption can lead to health problems, including mental health issues, and increase the risk of developing addictions.

Alcohol in particular causes higher amounts of cortisol to be released in the body, altering the brain's chemistry and resetting what the body considers normal. Alcohol also shifts the body's hormonal balance and changes the way it perceives stress and how it responds to stress.

Having effective stress management techniques can help to relax without the need for consuming substances. Proper nutrition, healthy sleep patterns, exercise, mindfulness, and meditation are all great ways of managing stress. Making healthy social connections can also help to lower stress levels.

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use or addiction, you are not alone and you deserve support. Contact EDAS on 01202 735777 to learn how we can help. We offer face-to-face and online mental health counselling sessions and addiction counselling, visit https://firstconnect.edasuk.org to learn more about online our counselling sessions.

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