Public Health England have warned that drinking alcohol at home has surged during lockdown – with more than more than one million drinkers in England increasing their consumption to severely dangerous levels during lockdown.
The data obtained from a YouGov Poll shows that before lockdown last March, an estimated 3.4 per cent of adults were downing more than 50 units alcohol a week, the equivalent of around 1,500,000 people. By December, this had risen to 5.7 per cent, or more than 2,520,000 people.
The biggest jump was recorded in those aged 55-64 but a rise was seen across all groups. The next largest increase was in 65-74-year olds, followed by 35-44-year-olds.
Meanwhile the lowest jump was in 18-24-year-olds.
Tony Rao, Clinical Research Fellow at King’s College London said to the Daily Mail that the pandemic had driven heavy drinking to ‘alarming’ levels and that the figures were ‘a wake-up call’ on the impact on mental health and existing levels of alcohol abuse.