Europe: Alcohol consumption decreased during Covid – but not in UK

22 July 2021

The European Alcohol and Covid-19 Survey collected data from nearly 32,000 alcohol users across 21 European countries from late April to late July 2020.

Published in Addiction, the study showed significant decreases in average alcohol consumption in every country except Ireland (decreases and increases evened each other out) and the UK – where there was an increase.

Less binge drinking was behind most of the reduction. Those who reported distress were less likely to reduce drinking than those reporting no distress.

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