Stress levels are soaring around the state of Iowa. According to Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Bridget Edson of Chickasaw County, alcohol is the most frequently used substance in Iowa. And coupling this stress with excessive alcohol-use can actually heighten a person’s risk for COVID-19.
Edson says over the last 30 days, Iowans have been drinking more often.
CCPH says these tips should be considered during this time:
- Know what a standard “drink” is: 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content); 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content); 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits or liquor (40% alcohol content).
- Know the alcohol consumption guidelines for healthy adults: one drink a day for women of all ages and up to two drinks a day for men under age 65.
- Don’t binge drink. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women, and five or more drinks for men during a single occasion.
Lastly, those who are struggling with alcohol or substance use should visit YourLifeIowa.org for free and confidential tele-services.