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Me-Mosas: Half of Marylanders admit their ‘me time’ involves drinking alcohol, reveals

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As people’s work and social lives have become busier than ever over the past decade (with the exception of the pandemic over the past year), ‘me-time has grown in prominence as a way to temporarily switch off from everything. Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston said “me time” can look like anything as long as it “allows you to shut out all the noise of the world that exists today.” 

For many Americans, however, ‘me-time has morphed from a holistic thing to do, to one which involves alcohol, such as sipping on a glass of wine in the bathtub while reading a book.

While health experts encourage taking time out for self-care, particularly as levels of stress and depression have sharply increased since the start of the pandemic, they also caution that ‘me time’ activities involving alcohol help to mask underlying issues such as dependence or addiction to alcohol. Detox.net, an online resource for finding drug and alcohol addiction detox centers, carried out a survey of 3,000 Americans, which has shone a light on America’s unhealthy new meaning of the ‘me time’ routine. The survey found that almost 1 in 3 (32%)fill their ‘me time’ by filling up their glasses. And it appears men associated this time with drinking more so than women, with 35% of men saying they drank during their ‘me time, as compared to 30%of women.

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