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In this time of unprecedented concern about our collective health and livelihoods, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected and physically healthy.
It may feel normal to drink more alcohol than usual in response to the stressors associated with COVID-19, but while alcohol can temporarily make you feel relaxed or good, drinking a lot in a short time, or a lot of alcohol regularly over time, is likely to cause problems for your physical, emotional and social health.
Hoarding and using alcohol as an emotional crutch will not help you through this difficult time. Knowing how to make your own fun and look after yourself will!
Feeling like you are drinking more than usual? Why not make it a mocktail, with some delicious new creations made specifically for this age of social distancing and isolation.
Unsure if you're drinking too much? Use the online confidential risk assessment tool from NSW Health to determine if your drinking is putting your physical and mental health at risk.
To track and reduce your alcohol use, download the NSW Health Drinks Meter app. Drinks Meter is a free app that provides confidential and personalised feedback based on advice from doctors and the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. The app allows you to track your alcohol intake, monitor the calories you are drinking, see how much you're spending and set weekly goals to reduce consumption and stay healthy.