Don’t get locked in with Corona Virus

What a difference a week makes when Corona Virus strikes. Last week, normal life, this week all the schools and pubs are closed.

Pubs closed due to Corona virus

Initially the pubs were left open, but there was a general outcry when videos on social media showed mass gatherings in pubs and people ignoring the new social distancing rules. So, for the first time ever most pubs have closed voluntarily with the Government passing emergency laws to make sure all pubs close.

Will attitudes to alcohol change?

So will attitudes to alcohol change now? Eh no. Videos are circulating of totally empty beer shelves in supermarkets with only Corona beer sitting in isolation. Shows the power of branding, but also that people are really stocking up.
We’re seeing loads of funny videos, many praising drink.  Some countries are reporting an increase in home drinking

Don’t get locked in

The Alcohol Forum have produced some great tips on how to avoid drinking too much while stuck at home.

They include

  • Plan to have two alcohol free days a week
  • Don’t stockpile
  • Keep it late
  • Mind the children
  • Out of sight

You can see more on these below.

Corona virus

This too will pass

Alcohol is a depressant, so drinking too much alcohol will make this crisis seem even worse. This Corona virus crisis will last for a while. Life is never going to be the same again. But the most brilliant minds across the world are working on this and we will see solutions.  

I’m no fan of Fine Gael, but they do appear to be taking the right actions, developing extra healthcare systems & good communications, special welfare arrangements for people who have lost their jobs, stopping evictions and freezing rents.

So keep telling yourself, this too will pass. In the meantime as concentration camp survivor Victor Frankl says

 “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms,—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

For more tips on dealing with adversity and difficult times , click here

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This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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