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Understanding How Alcohol Use and Covid-19 Relate

As the pandemic spreads throughout the country, alcohol consumption increases.

image of a pile of beer bottle capsAs the Covid-19 pandemic  swept the entire world and invaded towns, cities and rural regions of the United States, alcohol sales and consumption also skyrocketed throughout the nation.  With stay-at-home orders, job loss, and social distancing, stress is common.  Alcohol has long been a socially acceptable way to relax and wind down, and now more than ever people are searching for stress relief.

Woman in liquor aisle for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step rehab in florida blog article entitled "The 3 "A's" of Reducing Alcohol Abuse—And Why American’s Won't Implement Them"On April 1, 2020, Newsweek reported a 55% increase in overall alcohol sales in the United States in one week.  Compared with data from the same time a year ago, hard liquor sales increased by 75%, beer sales were up 66% and wine sales were up 42%. Part of the sales increases could have been an attempt by consumers to stockpile a supply as stay-at-home orders were enacted.

But do alcohol and Covid-19 have a sneaky health connection?

First, let’s do away with some general myths about the benefits of alcohol for limiting the pandemic.  According to a recent article from the World Health Organization:

  • Consuming alcohol does NOT destroy the Covid-19 virus.
  • Alcohol, at a concentration level of at least 60%, works as a disinfectant on your skin only (think hand sanitizer) but has NO such effect within your system when ingested.
  • Drinking strong alcohol will NOT kill the virus in inhaled air, nor will it disinfect your throat or mouth.
  • Alcohol does NOT stimulate immunity or resistance to the virus.

Although it is too recent for research specific to alcohol and Covid-19, what is known about alcohol use with other viruses is that unhealthy consumption of alcohol can disrupt the body’s immune response.  A healthy immune system is important when fighting any illness.  Overindulging in alcohol can predispose people to infections by depressing their immune system, making it more difficult for their body to fight infections.  If this holds true with Covid-19, then excessive alcohol use can create a weakened immune system that is more susceptible to infection from Covid-19.

Covid-19 also places people in recovery at a higher risk for relapse as the pandemic adds new stressors and disrupts daily routines.   Those in recovery face new challenges as usual support strategies such as in-person meetings are replaced by virtual or phone meetings taking away some of the much-needed person-to-person camaraderie that those recovering from alcohol and other addictions need.

Being aware of how alcohol use and the Covid-19 pandemic are related allows for prudent decision making to better maintain good health.

young girl online with laptopGulf Breeze Recovery wants to promote health and welfare for everyone and to be ready and available to offer assistance to those suffering from addiction or struggling to maintain sobriety. We remain open and available with immediate testing and safe health practices in place to keep those we serve as well as our devoted staff safe and healthy.

As you look for the program that best meets your needs, be sure to check us out.  Gulf Breeze Recovery has a history of helping people achieve freedom from addiction.  Not only offering all levels of care including medical detoxification if needed, residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient care, they also have follow-up services when a program is successfully completed.  The overall goal for every participant is helping them to find and maintain long-term sobriety.

Gulf Breeze Recovery strives to offer the best and most comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment options in the country, with plans of treatment tailored to fit your individual needs.  Our professional and medical staff is available to meet all your needs for high-quality substance abuse treatment.

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace a new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

Additional sources:

Source-1: "Alcohol and Covid-19" Source-2: "Alcohol consumption during the Covid-19 pandemic" 

The front of Gulf Breeze Recovery a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab specializing in helping guests overcome chronic relapse

About Gulf Breeze Recovery:

Gulf Breeze Recovery, unlike other treatment centers in Florida, is a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab that is changing the future of addiction treatment with their THRIVE® (Total Health Recovery) program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.

Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®

End Chronic Relapse and Start a New Life!

At Gulf Breeze Recovery we don’t want you to have just a great recovery, we want you to have a great life!

Contact Us, or Call: (855) 433-4480

As the pandemic spreads throughout the country, alcohol consumption increases.

image of a pile of beer bottle capsAs the Covid-19 pandemic  swept the entire world and invaded towns, cities and rural regions of the United States, alcohol sales and consumption also skyrocketed throughout the nation.  With stay-at-home orders, job loss, and social distancing, stress is common.  Alcohol has long been a socially acceptable way to relax and wind down, and now more than ever people are searching for stress relief.

Woman in liquor aisle for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step rehab in florida blog article entitled "The 3 "A's" of Reducing Alcohol Abuse—And Why American’s Won't Implement Them"On April 1, 2020, Newsweek reported a 55% increase in overall alcohol sales in the United States in one week.  Compared with data from the same time a year ago, hard liquor sales increased by 75%, beer sales were up 66% and wine sales were up 42%. Part of the sales increases could have been an attempt by consumers to stockpile a supply as stay-at-home orders were enacted.

But do alcohol and Covid-19 have a sneaky health connection?

First, let’s do away with some general myths about the benefits of alcohol for limiting the pandemic.  According to a recent article from the World Health Organization:

  • image of a 3-D model of Covid-19Consuming alcohol does NOT destroy the Covid-19 virus.
  • Alcohol, at a concentration level of at least 60%, works as a disinfectant on your skin only (think hand sanitizer) but has NO such effect within your system when ingested.
  • Drinking strong alcohol will NOT kill the virus in inhaled air, nor will it disinfect your throat or mouth.
  • Alcohol does NOT stimulate immunity or resistance to the virus.

Although it is too recent for research specific to alcohol and Covid-19, what is known about alcohol use with other viruses is that unhealthy consumption of alcohol can disrupt the body’s immune response.  A healthy immune system is important when fighting any illness.  Overindulging in alcohol can predispose people to infections by depressing their immune system, making it more difficult for their body to fight infections.  If this holds true with Covid-19, then excessive alcohol use can create a weakened immune system that is more susceptible to infection from Covid-19.

Covid-19 also places people in recovery at a higher risk for relapse as the pandemic adds new stressors and disrupts daily routines.   Those in recovery face new challenges as usual support strategies such as in-person meetings are replaced by virtual or phone meetings taking away some of the much-needed person-to-person camaraderie that those recovering from alcohol and other addictions need.

Being aware of how alcohol use and the Covid-19 pandemic are related allows for prudent decision making to better maintain good health.

young girl online with laptopGulf Breeze Recovery wants to promote health and welfare for everyone and to be ready and available to offer assistance to those suffering from addiction or struggling to maintain sobriety. We remain open and available with immediate testing and safe health practices in place to keep those we serve as well as our devoted staff safe and healthy.

As you look for the program that best meets your needs, be sure to check us out.  Gulf Breeze Recovery has a history of helping people achieve freedom from addiction.  Not only offering all levels of care including medical detoxification if needed, residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient care, they also have follow-up services when a program is successfully completed.  The overall goal for every participant is helping them to find and maintain long-term sobriety.

Gulf Breeze Recovery strives to offer the best and most comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment options in the country, with plans of treatment tailored to fit your individual needs.  Our professional and medical staff is available to meet all your needs for high-quality substance abuse treatment.

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace a new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

Additional sources:

Source-1: "Alcohol and Covid-19" Source-2: "Alcohol consumption during the Covid-19 pandemic" 

The front of Gulf Breeze Recovery a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab specializing in helping guests overcome chronic relapse

About Gulf Breeze Recovery:

Gulf Breeze Recovery, unlike other treatment centers in Florida, is a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab that is changing the future of addiction treatment with their THRIVE® (Total Health Recovery) program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.

Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®

End Chronic Relapse and Start a New Life!

At Gulf Breeze Recovery we don’t want you to have just a great recovery, we want you to have a great life!

Contact Us, or Call: (855) 433-4480

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