Throughout the pre-pandemic years, the UK battled alcoholism. Public health professionals feared Covid-19 would worsen excessive drinking, and it did.
Paul Spanjar, who operates a treatment facility in Dorset, believes current conditions give rise to further problems around drinking habits.
In times of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness, individuals turn to alcohol as a coping method. My concern is that the pandemic has caused inflation and cost-of-living to rise in the UK. I think alcohol will be utilised as an escape in these terrible times.
When the novel Covid-19 took hold in the UK, life, for many, took a turn for the worse. People had to endure months of disrupted routines, long hours of loneliness, and boredom when stay-at-home orders were put in place.
From March 2020 to March 2021, the number of heavy drinkers rose by 58.6%, demonstrating that casual drinkers became heavy drinkers.
Alcoholism flourishes in concealment, like other addictions. Lockdowns isolated people and stopped human contacts, causing them to drink more alcohol indoors.
In fact, research shows the number of alcoholic beverages sold between 2020 to 2021 was a staggering 24.4% increase from the previous pre-pandemic year (2019 to 2020).
Risky drinking was also noticed during the 2008 UK recession. Unemployment, job loss fears, and economic troubles trigger alcohol abuse.