Wellness Wednesday: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on the Impact of Alcohol on Mental Health

This last year has been a lot for all of us to handle.
We have all found different ways to handle our stress and cope with anxiety.

Many have turned to alcohol. Alcohol Sales

In fact, 16% of adults say they’re drinking more during the pandemic. Many people use alcohol to deal with stress because it temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals. But it is not always helpfun as heavy drinking can increase anxiety and alcohol is a depressant.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan wants people to understand the impact of alcohol on mental health.

If you are concerned about your mental health and alcohol use, what can should you do?

  •  Identify problematic habits
    • Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a treatable, chronic disease.
    • Review criteria for AUD diagnosis to see if alcohol has become a bigger problem.
  • Finding healthy ways to cope with stress
    • Address the root cause of chronic stress by seeking help from a mental health professional.
    • Try healthy ways to unwind:
      • Exercise
      • Hobbies such as art, crafts, music or reading
      • Meditation
      • Talking to a friend, partner or loved one
  •  How to get help
    • Talking to a primary care physician is a good first step in assessing whether alcohol consumption is problematic and for referrals to additional treatment, if necessary.
    • Call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

To learn more about mental health with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, click here.

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