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Are you drinking more alcohol during lockdown?

From ‘virtual drinks’ to, ‘I’ve earned a G&T’, drinking has, for many of us, become synonymous with lockdown.

And even if you drank alcohol to some extent before coronavirus, you may well be among those drinking more right now.

A survey by Alcohol Change has found that one in five of us are drinking more in lockdown – equating to around 8.6million adults. Meanwhile, 7% of those surveyed said alcohol made tension worse in their household during lockdown.

“Stress can be a big trigger for drinking. Combine that with the added pressures and boredom of lockdown, and it’s not surprising we might find ourselves reaching for a drink more often,” says Dr Richard Piper, chief executive of Alcohol Change UK (alcoholchange.org.uk).

While one in three of us are now drinking less than before lockdown, it is, he says, “concerning that one in five of us are drinking more frequently”, especially when “those who were heavier drinkers before lockdown seem to be more likely to fall into this camp”.

“Many people tell us their trigger for drinking is boredom. During lockdown we might be bored more often, and so find ourselves falling into drinking,” notes Piper. “We might also use alcohol as a way to distinguish work time from fun time. But there are other ways to have fun which don’t involve alcohol.”

What are your views? Are you finding that you are more tempted to drink alcohol during lockdown? Are you more likely to drink on a sunny day? Or has your alcohol consumption remained the same? Or do you prefer not to drink at all?

Are you drinking more alcohol during lockdown?

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SOPHIE68
16th Jan 2021
0
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THE ONES THAT DO ARE COMPLETE IDIOTS!!!!! THERE WILL BE SO MANY ALCOHOLICS YOU'LL PROBABLY NOT BE ABLE TO COUNT THEM ALL.
Shelfside
10th Jun 2020
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Yes. Yes. Yes.

In front of the TV, in the garden, with dinner, mooching around doing nothing...and right now in fact. Haven’t put on as much as a centimetre. Sleep well. Wake up well. Live well.

And enjoying it immensely.
sparrer
7th Jun 2020
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Haven't drunk alcohol for many years so no, not drinking more. Eating a lot more croissants though!
SueC62
23rd May 2020
1
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Apart from one rather delicious bottle of red that I over-indulged in one evening, I'm drinking less than I do in the UK. Partly to eek out my supplies.
Valleyman
21st May 2020
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Yes. It's okay to have whiskey in the evening. Don't give yourself a hard time during these hard times.
viking
16th May 2020
1
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Looking at the thread, must ask, is this the right time to sell shares in Laithwait's as the consumption seems to have gone haywire.
iestynlad
12th May 2020
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Frankly this ps me right off. We are a shielded household dependent on volunteers to get food in for us. I would never be so cheeky as to ask them to buy booze! We are teetotal anyway. I think that home deliveries should not be allowed to deliver alcohol . And look at the rise in domestic violence!
DipsyDitsy
10th May 2020
1
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Never drink alcohol in any case.
MikeR3
10th May 2020
2
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People drink more during lockdown for two reasons in their minds; boredom and for a positive lift.
Alcohol is a depressant and whilst giving a quick lift will take you further down in the long run. IF you are drinking everyday regardless of amount you are alcohol dependant and should look to break the habit. Try taking 3 or four days a week when you don't have a drink.

I am not an ex alcoholic but have seen the destruction alcohol can do to a family. I do drink but only occasionally .
Wilf
8th May 2020
2
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I have noticed my Guinness supply seems to be disappearing rather quicker than usual and my wife and the dongs don't drink it??????
Lionel
9th May 2020
2
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Are you sure about the dogs? My lead Collie who died last year was partial to a rather large beaker of home brew red. Had to wean him, and myself, off it.
Wilf
9th May 2020
0
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No I think the Guinness is too bitter for them Lionel if you pardon the pun!
shortarms
7th May 2020
1
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Mari50
7th May 2020
1
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I havnt had an alcoholic drink for years and do not intend starting. I am though addicted to doing courses via the post which keeps me going.
LornaT13
7th May 2020
5
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Just because we are on lockdown, why do we need to drink more than usual?? Obviously there are those who drink regularly every day which will not change but fir the majority, I cannot understand why being in your own home would make anyone drink more. I’m a very occasional drinker, and I mean occasional - weddings, Christmas etc and if I have 2 drinks that’s a lot. Yes it’s nice being at home sitting out in the garden in this lovely weather but ice cold sparkling water or other cold non-alcoholic refreshment is more than enough for me. I am also eating much healthier as well because I have time to focus on what I’m eating and time to prepare it properly. Being at home in lockdown is a brilliant opportunity to do the things I’ve neglected to not had time to do and also to recharge my batteries and reassess my life when everything goes back to some kind or normality. I honestly do t understand why so many people are moaning about it. Most people are getting 80% of their pay and anyone on benefits are still getting their benefits and nobody is able to go out on spending sprees. What’s not to like? Just lay off the alcohol, there’s absolutely no resin for anyone to drink more!
Pookiehair
7th May 2020
1
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Yes we had started to have far too much alcohol and having a bottle of wine between 2 most days. This week though we have cut right down. No alcohol at least 3 days a week and less on the other 4 days.
Billythequiche
7th May 2020
2
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A little more because we are at home more but not to excess. We are not hard drinkers so the increase is probably only half a glass of wine per night.
Sue
7th May 2020
2
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We gave up drinking alcohol many years ago. I am so glad we did as I think it may have become a problem in these days of lockdown. We are drinking lots of tea though. Good job it is caffeine free. ☕
Margaret Hart
6th May 2020
3
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I don’t drink much alcohol at any time and the thought of drinking just to pass time does nothing for me. I’m not a spirits drinker at any time as I prefer wine which I enjoy when in company particularly with a meal. If I decided to make a special meal I would perhaps open a bottle of wine.
bob scott
6th May 2020
2
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What with 18. pain killing tablets a day plus a host of others! I don't think so, but the brandy bottle looks a little forlorn not uncork for a few years. you never know one year. Bob Scott.
iestynlad
12th May 2020
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Time to pour it down the loo
jeffsoo
6th May 2020
1
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If the pubs don't open soon Ill be an alcoholic....
LornaT13
7th May 2020
0
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Perhaps a call to AA might help??
jeffsoo
7th May 2020
2
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LornaT13
7th May 2020
1
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Not funny if you have a problem but tongue in cheek if you are joking!
MrsPat
6th May 2020
4
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Not at the current prices for alcohol
Bald123
6th May 2020
3
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The answer, unfortunately, is yes. We used to drink only at the weekend but in the last few weeks we seem to be having a few on a couple of weekdays also
Ian123
6th May 2020
3
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I hardly ever drink, but the thought is increasingly crossing my mind!
Marley444
6th May 2020
3
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For me, I don't think I am drinking more because of lockdown. I generally drink more in the summer than the winter anyway. I enjoy a glass of wine in my garden after a hard day of toil when the evenings are sunny and light. And we have had some lovely evenings recently so I have to confess the rose has been flowing!
eric1
6th May 2020
3
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I have actually cut down on my drinking.
Felix1
6th May 2020
2
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I would if I could.

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