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Has your alcohol consumption increased during the pandemic?

The pandemic and the lockdowns and social restrictions have impacted us all in so many ways.

In a recent survey, 58% of Silversurfers members said their mental health has been affected negatively during the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, and 78% of members have not sought any professional help. and don’t intend to.

Some of us have been ‘comfort eating’, and as the days of the week have become blurred, others may have found themselves drinking alcohol on days they normally wouldn’t.

In shops and supermarkets, just over 12.6 million extra litres of alcohol were sold in the financial year 2020 to 2021 compared to 2019 to 2020.

Despite pubs, clubs and restaurants closing for around 31 weeks during lockdowns, people have been drinking at home, which is understandable.

There has been a “shocking” increase in the harm caused by alcohol during the pandemic, with a 20% rise in deaths caused directly by drinking, new figures show.

A report from Public Health England (PHE) on people’s habits in England in 2020 found that people were drinking more as Covid-19 took hold while alcohol misuse also increased.

All types of alcohol saw increases but these were largest for beer (up 31%), followed by spirits (26%), wine (20%) and cider (18%).

PHE found that those people who tended to drink the most before the pandemic “bought a lot more once the first lockdown happened”.

Has your alcohol consumption altered during the pandemic? Are you drinking more or less or has it not changed at all? Are you concerned about your level of alcohol consumption?

Has your alcohol consumption increased during the pandemic?

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Grannysmith
5 days ago
0
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my usual 2 glasses of wine (one whilst cooking & one whilst eating) has increased only by one glass whilst cooking but it worries me that I don't want to stop. Any help ideas would be gratefully listened to.
viking
5 days ago
0
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Buy the cheapest bottle of the nastiest plonk, which is OK for cooking.
Put a liberal glug into the cooking pot, then a small mouthful, swill round the mouth, ugh, ugh ugh, then aim for your spittoon.
This never fails to cure cooks tipsiness.
jeffsoo
6 days ago
0
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Just the same as before
viking
18th Jul 2021
1
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Just to make the teeth grind, the figure shown is £73,000.
Not sure if this figure will include HoC and Whitehall,
viking
17th Jul 2021
1
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Has YOUR alcoholic consumption increased during etc.etc.
Well not mine but certain other people with freebies.

Just seen the amount of money spent at the House of Fun on current re-furbishing of the wine cellars.
However there was a sop to taxpayers, and presumably a mild excuse. 75% was from English vineyards !!
ecarg
17th Jul 2021
1
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Personally No
But I can understand why many did .
Lionel
16th Jul 2021
1
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I used to brew my own and make wines too. However, a few years ago one evening I just took it into my head to stop. It's been that way ever since. No self righteousness or anything like that.

So, no, my alcohol consumption didn't increase during lockdown. I did, however, find myself eating more and thus putting on a little weight. On a small frame such as mine every pound shows as five or more so ... cut down the eating.
anubis
16th Jul 2021
1
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I am teetotal but my husband used to have 1 can of beer at night but since this all started he rarely has one
ElisabethR
16th Jul 2021
1
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I rarely consume alcohol, and if I do it's only ever the one. I don't see the point, would rather have a really good coffee. Sadly I was married to an alcoholic which was not so good.
Munsterlander
15th Jul 2021
1
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Probably just to get through the long days of isolation especially last year when this fiasco all started. Warm summer days now though and hopefully happier days ahead.
MrsPat
15th Jul 2021
2
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We are not big drinkers at the best of times but in the depths of the last winter with covid and bad news we probably did have a few more wines then usual.

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