Important changes to VJLAP’s 12-Step and Wellness Support Meetings:

1. Effective immediately, the Monday 12-Step Support Meetings will commence at 6:30 PM instead of 8:00 PM. VJLAP will no longer host a Monday 12-Step Support Meeting at 8:00 PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
2. After 04/08/24, there will no longer be Monday Wellness Support Meetings at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in such a meeting, there is a Thursday Wellness Support Meeting (1, 3 and 5th Thursday of the month). Changes will be made to the event calendar.
3. Effective immediately, there will no longer be a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 6:00 PM. There is a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 5:30PM and a meeting on the 1, 3 & 5th Monday of the month at 6:30PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
4. Please also note the Thursday Wellness Support Meetings that had been every Thursday will only be the 1, 3 & 5 Thursday of the month. Changes will be made to the event calendar.

Thank you for your attention to these updates. If there are questions, please reach out to Barbara Mardigian at bmardigian@vjlap.org.

The Beacon

Unhealthy Coping? Drinking Our Way Through the Pandemic?

April 28, 2020
Unhealthy Coping? Drinking Our Way Through the Pandemic?

Home. No routines. Anxious. Stressed. Alone. Why not? More importantly, Why? A few reasons why not.

Studies have shown that (1) alcohol sales have exponentially increased since the outbreak of the pandemic in the United States and (2) this drinking is happening while working from home for up to half of us (statistics are in the links below).

We also know that alcohol consumption (1) can lead to depression, anger, and hopelessness; (ii) affects job performance; and (iii) weakens the immune system and definitely does not protect against COVID-19. Just to name a few.

Consider reassessing your drinking habits and reevaluating your relationship with alcohol. Contact VJLAP if you want to talk.

  • Healthline: Happy Hours: More People Drinking While Working from Home During COVID-19
  • Alcohol.org: Effects of Alcohol
  • Today: Knocking back too many ‘quaraninis’? Here’s how to keep drinking in check
  • CNN: WHO would like to remind everyone that drinking alcohol will not protect you from coronavirus.
  • MarketWatch: US online alcohol sales jump 243% during coronavirus pandemic
  • Forbes: Nielson Says Beverage Alcohol Retail Sales Are Soaring During the Crisis
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