Stress and accidents: Smoking or drinking more?

Injuries incurred from accidents at work and in public places can sometimes lead individuals to suffer from stress for some time after the incident which can lead to smoking or drinking problems.

How we deal with stress is a very individual matter. While some may notice physical effects, such as headaches, others can experience emotional changes including depression and anxiety.

Aside from physical and mental symptoms, victims who sustained their injury in public may find that the accident has caused changes in the behaviour.

Coping alone can lead to smoking or drinking

It is not uncommon for victims of personal injury to turn to cigarettes and alcohol following a traumatic accident. Many people generally find alcohol has a relaxing effect on the body, while the majority of smokers state that smoking is also calming.

As both cigarettes and alcohol are harmful and addictive, and the leading causes of death in the UK, it is crucial that victims of personal injury do not become dependent on smoking or drinking.

If you feel that you need something to cope day to day, or you or a friend/family member have noticed a particular increase in your intake of either of these substances, it is important to seek help from your GP.

The truth

Sadly, as well as the serious physical health issues surrounding alcohol consumption, it can also jeopardise your mental health.

As a depressant, those who are suffering from stress may find that alcohol triggers depression, anxiety and may worsen your level of stress in the long run.

Contrary to the belief that cigarettes have calming properties, nicotine is actually a highly addictive stimulant.

Thinking outside of the box, a reason so many smokers feel calmer following a smoke is that the act of smoking encourages a slow and steady breathing pattern – a technique that can be adopted without the aid of tobacco.

Personal injury claims

It is possible to draw a line under events and put the personal injury-related accident into the past. A compensation provider, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you do this without adding any more pressure.

The no win, no fee* service offered is encouraging.

With over 13 years’ experience, an extensive legal team, and a streamlined service which is proven to produce results, Accident Advice Helpline is the key to a stress-free future for many victims of public accidents. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

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