WHY ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE SPIKES DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
- November 25, 2018
For many of us, Christmastime can mean only one thing: tons of winter fun. Once Thanksgiving is done, we enter that time of year when our families and loved ones gather around a sparkling tree, cook huge dinners, and share stories of the previous year. Nevertheless, for every happy moment during Christmas, there is an equally sad one. Unlike the throngs of people celebrating this holiday season, millions of Americans still suffer from depression and insurmountable grief, all brought on by (in their eyes) the looming shadow of Christmas, and many people will succumb to alcohol abuse, drug abuse, or (in the worst case scenario) addiction. So when did the green and red festivities become so grim and terrible and inflict so much pain and suffering? Let’s take a closer look at why alcohol and drug use spikes during the Christmas season.
The Most Dangerous Time of the Year
While many of us are celebrating on par with Andy Williams’ famous song, Christmas, ironically, is not only one of the most wonderful times of the year but also one of the most dangerous. In fact, since 1999, an estimated 91,000 alcohol and drug-related deaths have taken place during the month of December. Likewise, the CDC has reported that the three deadliest months of the entire year are December, January, and March.
According to a recent study on this overindulgent holiday behavior, a staggering 84% of people experienced moderate to severe stress during Christmas. Unsurprisingly, most of this unhappiness stems from one thing: materialism. In 2016, the average American spent approximately $750 on Christmas presents, and many people (unfortunately) will go into debt just to “please” their loved ones and family members.
Likewise, while an estimated 35% of people announced that the holidays made them extremely happy (happier than any other time of the year, in fact), about 25% of subjects confirmed an increase in depression. Research indicates that this behavioral problem is strongly linked to alcoholism, but overindulgence in these dangerous drinks certainly doesn’t help. Research indicates that excessive amounts of alcohol can put a damper on serotonin (a neurochemical that stimulates hunger and controls sleep and mood). Ultimately, turning to alcohol only makes the problem worse.
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