Dependence on Alcohol and Other Drugs

By Kathy Rovenko (January 2021 Newsletter)

Dependence on alcohol and other drugs is a national health problem. It happens in all social and economic groups. Most people who abuse drugs have jobs, and are productive members of society. But the problems that increasing drug use causes tend to get worse over time.

Information on alcohol from the CDC during the time of COVID-19:

  1. Drinking alcohol does not protect you from COVID-19
  2. Drinking excess alcohol does weaken the ability to fight infections, increasing the risk of complications
  3. Alcohol can increase the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia which are sometimes associated with COVID-19

Dietary guidelines for alcohol according to the CDC:

  • 1 drink a day for women
  • 2 drinks a day for men

One drink =

  • 12 oz 5% beer
  • 8 oz 7% malt liquor
  • 5 oz 12% wine
  • 1.5 oz distilled spirits or liquor

Stress during a pandemic can contribute to increased use of prescription medications, non-prescription medications, and illicit drugs. Different drugs have different effects, opiates can cause respiratory distress syndrome, and causes your respirations to decrease to a dangerous level.

If you have trouble dealing with increased stress, some things you can do:

  • Call 911
  • Call SOTV and speak with a pastor

Call SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at 1.800.662.HELP (4357) for information on how to reach 12 step programs:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Alanon
  • Alateen