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Coping with increased alcohol consumption before it becomes a pandemic-related problem

National sales of alcohol rose 54% with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic while online sales, compared to the same time last year, increased 262%, according to research published in the Jama Network. Now, a Northern Virginia psychiatrist has tips to help people who may want to cut back on consumption.

The advice involves focusing on healthy coping skills and coping mechanisms.

“Healthy coping skills does not have to be anything fancy,” said Dr. Lauren Grawert, an addiction psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente in Northern Virginia.

“It can be as simple as giving yourself something positive to look forward to that does not include alcohol,” she said.

 

Read the full story on WTOP News.