The impact of a lockdown on home drinkers - Castle Craig Addiction Care

Drinking at home: the impact of a lockdown on drinkers

Days that seem to repeat themselves, loneliness and the loss of perspective make people more likely to take the bottle. Drinking at home: we saw it more and more during the lockdown of the past year. The consequences of this only really come to light when people can resume normal life. In this blog you can read about the impact the lockdown has on the alcohol consumption of the Dutch.

Increase in alcohol use among homeworkers

Research by the RIVM and the Trimbos Institute shows that the lockdown has caused a change in the alcohol consumption of the Dutch. With the closure of all catering establishments, approximately 11% to 21% percent of people would drink more at home. According to the research, stress, boredom, loneliness and the loss of the daily structure are the cause of this.  

What used to be drinking only on weekends, or in the evening after a long day of work, has turned into drinking when one feels like it for some. People who had to work from home due to the pandemic also experienced the impact of this. In 12% of homeworkers it has led to an increase in alcohol consumption, which increases the risk of alcohol problems.

The consequences of drinking a lot at home during the lockdown

Catering establishments can open their doors again and people can come together again on the terrace, but in the meantime another barrier has arisen for the home drinker: people are confronted with drinking. Because in addition to the terrace, Dutch society is also slowly returning to the office and work on location. People who started drinking more during the pandemic now have to pick up the daily structure and rhythms again. This transition can be tough for many alcohol users and create a sense of shame. Alcohol consumption is kept secret from colleagues, friends and relatives. All to be able to fit into the 'new normal' again.

The research has shown that there is a slight increase in alcohol problems due to the lockdown. In the worst cases, it is even an alcohol addiction. People with a alcohol addiction often cannot immediately switch the button. This makes it difficult to return to the 'new normal'. 

For years, the government has been working to reduce alcohol abuse because it is the most common addiction in the Netherlands. Although the reduction of excessive drinking is successful, 1 in 14 adults in the Netherlands still drink excessively.

Help with an alcohol addiction

Do you notice that your alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and do you need help? Please contact us. Bee Castle Craig we have over 20 years of experience treating patients who are addicted to alcohol. This starts with a detoxification period. Then we work together on your healing through Cognitive behavioral therapy (CGT). CBT is a proven method to prevent addiction relapse. During CBT sessions, negative thoughts are challenged and alcohol addicts are given tools to help them abstain from alcohol and other substances. 

Check out our page 'Our treatments'for more information about our various alcohol addiction programs.