Grabbing a cocktail is a common way to unwind and relax after a stressful day—it’s called “happy hour” for a reason. The problem is research shows that people consume more alcohol when they’re stressed. The more stress they feel, the more they drink. Even worse, recovering alcoholics are more likely to fall off the wagon when they’re highly stressed.
Try this: Studies find that problem drinking occurs more often in stressed-out people who lack social support. When tension mounts, reach out to a supportive friend or family member instead of pouring a drink.