Social distancing and in-home quarantine can produce increased emotional stress, alcoholism and drug use. But why?
Social distancing is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. This decreased physical contact is intended to reduce the spread of disease but there may be negative consequences as well.
“Many news articles discuss the effects of social distancing and how it relates to the increase in emotional stress, alcoholism and drug abuse. But where does that emotional stress come from? People talk about kids and spouses driving people crazy since they’re with them all the time. They say divorce rates will go up. I’ve quizzed my students at various times about what they miss most from home about being in college and a lot more of them than I’d expect say they miss their friends and their families.” said Dr. Carl Milofsky, professor of Sociology at Bucknell University.