- 68% who have got angry due to the pandemic have used alcohol as a coping mechanism.
- 2 in 3 admit alcohol has the opposite effect and makes them angrier.
- Expert advice on how to cope with anger.
Spending more time at home due to social distancing can leave some people short-fused and particularly irritable in certain situations. A slow WiFi connection, excess workload or any number of minor annoyances can set off your anger. For many Americans, the coronavirus pandemic brought with it a wave of negative emotions, such as fear, stress, anger and frustration at these unprecedented circumstances.
Alcohol.org, a leading provider of addiction treatment resources, conducted a survey of 3,003 Americans to determine levels of anger across the country in 2020. According to the survey, those who are angriest in the country live in Delaware, where residents admit to getting angry a significant 12 times a week – which equates to almost twice a day. The least angry citizens have been those living in Hawaii, with people only getting riled up twice a week.
Arizonans polled admitted to getting angry 6 times per week (in line with the national average).
A rise in anger levels has affected the majority of us, with 88% admitting to feeling angrier since the start of the pandemic. And some of those angry people – 68% in fact – have turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism. Unfortunately, this can exacerbate the issue; 65% of people who did this admitted it had the opposite effect and only made things worse.
Alcohol.org explains that, while anger in itself can be a healthy emotion, using alcohol, or any other substance, to try and soothe it can actually disrupt and deepen the angry feelings, due to the effect of the chemicals on our brains.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to help control and manage anger, from journaling your feelings, to meditation, exercise, or talking things over with a trusted friend, loved one or professional. 2020 has been one we would all like to forget, but the good news is we can looking forward to the upcoming year with some positive tools at our disposal – and maybe even downgrade our anger to just plain grouchy.