On Monday 23 March 2020, Boris Johnson advised that the nation was under lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak. People are only permitted currently to leave their home to:
- Buy food or medicine;
- Do exercise; or
- Travel to work as a key worker or where no alternative arrangements can be made.
The restrictions, whilst necessary in the attempt to minimise the impact of the virus, have had a massive impact on every facet of our day to day lives, substantially altering how we spend our time.
Since the lockdown began, alcohol consumption has surged in the UK as people began to drink at home following the mandatory closures of bars, clubs and restaurants. Online retailers have also seen a huge boost in revenue as people look for ways to get alcohol delivered to the door, to avoid the need to venture out and queue to get inside supermarkets.
Whilst we are all mostly confined to our homes, the change in circumstances can cause a lot of strain and additional challenges for people, and the impact of the lockdown may be overwhelming.
The World Health Organisation previously urged people to abstain from drinking alcohol while on lockdown, describing it as an “unhelpful coping mechanism”. The alcohol education charity, Drinkaware advises that the more people drink, the more tolerance is increased which may lead to dependency.