No - drinking is not up during lockdown


Contrary to popular opinion – maybe – people have not been drinking more during lockdown.

A survey by the addiction service at the Geneva University Hospital shows there’s been no marked increase in alcohol consumption. In fact, it’s generally down. 

36% of those between 18 and 34 say they’ve been drinking less, with the rest saying their consumption hasn’t changed. 

83% of over 50s say they’re drinking the same amount as before – no real increase. 

But in the age bracket of between 35 and 49, about a quarter say they have had a bit more during lockdown. 

Use of other drugs have also been stable, 77% of cannabis users say their consumption hasn’t changed. 

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