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Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL8457, tabled on 24 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of alcohol consumption amongst the population in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answered on

12 October 2020

Public Health England has published an online monitoring tool to track behavioural changes, including alcohol consumption. The findings on alcohol consumption throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are that intake across the population as a whole remained about the same during lockdown. Those aged 18 to 34 were more likely to report consuming less alcohol each week than before and those aged 35 to 54 were more likely to report an increase. There was an increase in the proportion of ‘high risk’ drinking between February and June 2020.