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Coronavirus: Alcoholic Drinks

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 58680, tabled on 11 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent a rise in alcohol use during the covid-19 outbreak.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

29 June 2020

Public Health England (PHE) published advice and information for the public on looking after their mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, which recommends people avoid using alcohol. Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak alcohol treatment providers are continuing to support and treat people misusing alcohol. The guidance can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

PHE continues to maintain the FRANK website and helpline, which provides a service for people who are concerned about their own or others’ alcohol consumption. The website can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.talktofrank.com/

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Department of Health and Social Care
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