With life on lockdown, struggles with alcoholism grow more prevalent

Christiane Ludwig seems upbeat and energetic. But she’s also wrestling with alcoholism – a life-long task, she says, that’s harder due to the pandemic.Ludwig has tried everything, from therapy to self-help groups and inpatient treatment. “I’ve been dry for years, and stable. But it will never leave me. You have to keep at it,” she says.Ludwig, based in the German city of Wuppertal, left hospital at the end of March, just as the country’s virus lockdown began.The mother of three adult children, Ludwig says her family was an important source of support – as were local counselling services. “I wo…

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