How to drink mindfully during coronavirus lockdown

A glass of wine to celebrate surviving another day of home schooling, a few G‘n’Ts to cheers a friend’s birthday via zoom, a lunchtime tipple to brace yourself for the daily briefing. Experts believe the sudden upheaval of our lives and struggling to adjust to a new normal has contributed to many reaching for the rosé. Most of us have been used to using alcohol as a way to numb out the thoughts, to de-stress unwind and let go of the stress.” Aside from the horrifying combination of having a hangover while also having to homeschool, increasing your alcohol intake could also lead to increased anxiety, depression and heightened emotions. “Alcohol has also been proven to increase the likelihood of developing and having greater symptoms of respiratory disorders,” Fairbairns continues. “And it can severely impact the immune system, which is not something that we want to be doing more of right now.” The solution, according to experts, could be not to quit alcohol altogether, but to drink more mindfully. A 750ml bottle of red, whiteor rosé wine contains around 10 units.” He says that knowing what you consume, can help you make decisions about levels. Self-Moderate Just like we track our steps, you can keep count of your weekly cocktail consumption and set limits. “My advice is don't drink at times that you wouldn't usually, but still treat yourself to a great cocktail when you'd normally have one, whether that's to celebrate the end of the working week, or a virtual Saturday night get-together with friends,” says Jacob Briars, Global Headof Advocacy and Education at Bacardi. Shrink your Drink:  According to Briars some of the world’s top bars have debuted demi-serves of classic and bespoke cocktails that deliver big taste without the calories and alcohol content of full-serves. Just cut the measures in half to turn the iconic Dry Martini cocktail into a ‘Dry Marteeny’,”he says. Dr Campbell suggests thinking about the side-effects of drinking too much - on your physical, mental and emotional health. “Thinking about these things will help you decide you might want to change, because the benefits of reducing or giving up alcohol are manifold.” Fairbairns believes people trying to cut down their alcohol intake could benefit from joining an online community of those wanting to achieve similar results, such as the One Year No Beer community.