I’ve started drinking again in lockdown because there is nothing better to do – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I USED to drink every day until a couple of years ago when I decided I was overdoing it and gave up alcohol entirely.

I’m a man of 45, single, and have always worked, even when I was drinking too much.

I felt much better after packing up and had more money to spend, but then thought I was safe to start drinking on my two days off a week, as I felt like a real killjoy over Christmas.

That seemed OK at first but then came coronavirus and I was furloughed, so every day has been a day off.

I’ve been sliding back into drinking more and more every day but giving up feels so hard when the days are so empty.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Keep your days filled with lots of exercise, cooking proper meals from fresh and seeing if you can volunteer locally (see covidmutualaid.org).

Alcoholics Anonymous are holding Zoom meetings (alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk, 0800 9177650).

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