Alcohol & Lockdown - Have we been drinking more?

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

The effects of Britons drinking more alcohol during the COVID-19 lockdown could be felt for a generation, some experts have warned.


Alcohol sales rose by 67% just prior to the lockdown, as many prepared to drink at home.


The question remained, however – were people stocking up because they feared shortages?


Or were they actually drinking more?

The research suggests that around 8.6 million UK adults have drunk alcohol more frequently under lockdown.


Worryingly, nearly one in five (18%) daily drinkers have further increased the amount of alcohol they have consumed since lockdown.