Alcohol use during the pandemic


Each of us has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in a myriad of ways. In March we dove deep, headfirst, into a number of emotions and a new way of life that is ever-evolving.

Some people may find they are drinking more in one night or more days of the week than they used to before the pandemic. I was joined by Dr. Aisha Al-Qimlass, therapist at Creasman Counseling, who shared helpful insights of things to consider regarding alcohol use and coping during this time. You can view the recording using this link.

Screenshot of Aisha and Katie talking by video.


"In the scope of self-care, you don't want to always do distracting things."

In the video, alcohol use is discussed as a way of coping by providing a distraction. If you are looking for alternative ideas for self-care here are a few online resources.

From SELF: 5 Art Therapy Exercises to Add to Your Self-Care Routine

From Greater Good Science Center: 36 Questions for Increasing Closeness

From Today: How to Find Time Alone at Home

From ADDitude: 12 Meditation Apps & Tools for Lifting Pandemic Anxiety

From MHA and Shine: Take a Break - Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety Tool Kit

For couples: Gottman Card Deck App

For some, filling up their favorite glass with a special drink is a ritual that may bring a sense of comfort. I reached out to SAS's Nutritionists for recommendations of easy non-alcoholic drinks that aren't just water. Here are some ideas to try.

Resources for Substance Use Disorders

Mental Health America: Where to get help

Shatterproof COVID-19 Resources

SAMHSA Treatment Finder



About Author

Katie Seavey Pegoraro

Sr Associate Work Life Program Manager

Katie Seavey Pegoraro supports employees with issues of stress and balance, providing tools and resources to cope when life feels overwhelming. Katie is a contact for those who may be coping with issues of mental health, substance use, or grief and loss. A young professional herself, Katie is a unique support to employees who are navigating the many life transitions that occur in your 20's and 30's.

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