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Already fed up with the holidays? You might be feeling 'festive burnout' and drinking more because of it

The website Rehabs.com figures that North Dakotans reached their limit with the holidays by Dec. 9, and might be in need of a break from alcohol and festivities.

When are Americans most likely to feel "festive burnout"? Here's a state-by-state breakdown based off of responses to a survey on Rehabs.com, a leading provider of addiction treatment resources.

The holidays are generally cheery and bright, but they also come with significant stressors and increased alcohol consumption, a combination that can bring you to a point of "festive burnout," said the website Rehabs.com , a provider of addiction treatment resources.

And you might be hitting your limit right about now.

The website conducted a survey of 3,192 drinkers to determine at which point they feel like they’ve reached a plateau of festive burnout. That is, when they’ve simply had enough drinking and need to exercise sobriety, at least for a few days. They found that the average North Dakota drinker expects to reach a state of festive burnout just 14 days into the holiday period (starting the day after Thanksgiving): by Dec. 9.

Minnesotans, they found, reach their limit by Dec. 11, while South Dakotans reach their limit by Dec. 10.

Hitting the "festive burnout" plateau could mean negative affects like poor sleep patterns and reduced productivity. It also might mean a choice between taking a break from alcohol or, worryingly, drinking even more to cope with the stress.


Twenty-two percent of survey respondents said they would likely turn to alcohol to help them through their festive burnout period, which is concerning since it could develop unhealthy patterns of alcohol dependence, the website said.

Nearly half (43%) of respondents said their main way to cope with burnout is sleeping well, while 32% said they try and switch off from work. Lastly, 3% focus more on their diet and eating well when they’re feeling down at the end of the year.

Rehabs.com recommends mindfulness-based activities that can help manage symptoms of end-of-year burnout, like meditation, yoga or journaling, which may help you feel refreshed for the new year ahead.

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