Kirsten is curious about her and other woman's relationship with alcohol.
She has committed to taking a break from alcohol herself to see (first hand) the affect this could have on her physical and mental health. And so far, the evidence seems overwhelmingly pro giving it up entirely or moving to very moderate social drinking.
There is a very strong sober curious movement in the US and UK, which is less pronounced in Australia but Kirsten would like to join the call to take a break from alcohol for purely health reasons and encourages others to do the same.
"I am not an addiction specialist. I don't work with addicts. I am a psychologist with a special interest in how humans cope. And I know that we cannot have a good conversation about mental health and the coping strategies you are using without also talking about what you put into your body". - Kirsten Chalmers
Recent study by the Australian National University entitled
Alcohol consumption during the COVID- 19 period (May 2020) by Prof. Nicholas Biddle; Ass. Prof Ben Edwards, Prof. Matthew Gray and Kate Sollis, reports the following:
22.8% of women reported am increase in consumption:
Women aged 35-44 years (30.3%)
Why the increase?
63.7% more time at home
41.9% increase in stress
37.8% increased anxiety
Strong predictor of increase child-caring role