Pandemic Side Effects: Addiction

This blog post is adapted from a paper written by UsagiMed’s Lynn Hubbard.

Pandemic Side Effects: Addiction

The prolonged uncertainty and anxiety drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rise in substance and alcohol abuse, with the CDC reporting in June 2020 that 13% of Americans claim starting substance use as a way of coping with emotional weight related to COVID-19. While COVID-19 cases in the U.S. seem to be dropping, the aftermath of the pandemic still impacts us, especially those struggling with addiction. From closed businesses to lost loved-ones, substance abuse is another far-reaching effect of COVID-19 that has changed lives across the United States.

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Responsible Drinking

We’re friends, right? I’m not going to tell you that there’s a good time to drink so much that you get sick. That’s always a bad idea. But the last place you want to over-do it with the cocktails is your convention. Not only do you miss an opportunity for fun, but it’s like you’re losing money on your hotel room and membership.

If you’re 21 or older, a drink or two can make an evening lots more enjoyable. But if you drink too much, you cross over into a land that suddenly isn’t any fun anymore: “the spins,” vomiting, hangovers, and the inability to remember that hilarious thing that happened last night. When you’re sharing close quarters with a bunch of your friends, vomiting creates many logistical problems that are highly unpleasant for everyone involved. No one wants to miss a minute of the con, but you risk losing an entire evening if you overdo it.

Responsible Drinking
Do not want.

Con-time is our favorite time of the year. It’s Christmas for anime fans! We wait for it all year, like excited grade-school kids, counting down the days and hours. We plan elaborate costumes, complex packing strategies that are worthy of Tetris, book and fill hotel rooms to bursting, and buy our memberships. We want to pack the maximum fun into every minute we have, and make memories and tell stories for the rest of the year, until the con comes around again.

So pace yourself, have a great time, and send us a photo, OK?

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