Britons Found To Be Consuming More Alcohol During COVID-19 Pandemic: Report

Study finds loneliness, depression, and anxiety are the reasons behind this rise in consumption.

Sohil Nikam

September 10, 2020

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As per a leading study on drug-using behaviour, Britons have consumed more alcohol and smoked more cannabis due to the loneliness, depression, and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 48% of the British respondents to the Global Drug Survey (GDS) have said that they have been drinking more alcohol than before the Coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, 44% of cannabis users reported increased use of the drug. Unlike alcohol consumers though, a large number of cannabis users have reported that increased use of the drug had improved their mental health.

The survey, which has received almost 60,000 responses from across the world, has found sharp declines in the use of so-called party drugs like MDMA and cocaine. Prof Adam Winstock, the Chief Executive of the Global Drug Survey said, “People’s drug use is hugely dependent upon being able to socialise and when that ability goes away, people turn to drugs that they’re already familiar with – cannabis and alcohol. But the impact of increases of those two drugs is quite distinct, and those drinking more alcohol come off worse.”

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