The number of people who drink alcohol has stayed relatively stable during lockdown, suggesting that non-drinkers weren’t persuaded to change their mind about consuming alcohol whilst at home.
That said, the amount people who do enjoy alcohol did increase the amount they were drinking.
Drinkers told us that they typically imbibed 9 units of alcohol per week before lockdown started, yet that average has risen by 43% to 14 units per week since the beginning of lockdown.
Men have been drinking more than women during lockdown, getting through 17 units per week compared to 12 units for women.
The NHS guidance on alcohol recommends that both men and women do not exceed 14 units a week, meaning that UK males have been drinking 3 units over the recommended amounts during lockdown.
Older people have been drinking more than their younger counterparts, with 45-54-year-olds the age group drinking the most, averaging 18 units per week, 4 units over the NHS recommended weekly intake.
Those aged 18-24 and 25-34 years of age have been drinking the least, averaging 12 units per week.
While it is understandable that people have been drinking more during the stresses of lockdown life, it also seems that the majority of drinkers intend to continue their increased alcohol consumption, even once lockdown restrictions have lifted.
Over half (51%) of respondents stated that they won’t be reducing their alcohol intake back down to the levels previously drunk before lockdown started once the pubs and restaurants reopen.