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Half a million Britons have increased their alcohol consumption to dangerous levels since the closure began

Half a million Britons have increased their drinking to dangerous levels since the closure began – with women and those in their 30s and 40s most affected, official figures say

  • The number of people who consumed more than 50 alcoholic units per week increased by 33 percent
  • Public health England said women between the ages of 30 and 40 are most affected
  • 4.8 percent of adults in England drink more than 50 alcohol units a week

Half a million adults have raised their drinking behavior to very dangerous levels since the start of closure, official figures suggest.

According to Public Health England, the number consuming more than 50 units of alcohol per week has risen 33 percent.

Women in their thirties and forties are most affected, which experts say is due to the fact that the balance between childcare and work is difficult.

Doctors warn that the surge in such heavy drinking will have a major impact on the health of the nation in the coming years.

The number consuming more than 50 units of alcohol per week has risen by 33 percent, with women in their 30s and 40s being the most affected, according to Public Health England (stock image)

The number consuming more than 50 units of alcohol per week has risen by 33 percent, with women in their 30s and 40s being the most affected, according to Public Health England (stock image)

Consultant psychiatrist Dr. Tony Rao, an addiction specialist at King’s College London who analyzed the data for the Daily Mail, said, “The overall figures are amazing. Covid-19 has shed light on the growing burden of alcohol problems in our society. ‘

Overall, 4.8 percent of adults in England admit to drinking more than 50 units a week – the equivalent of 22 liters of beer or five bottles of wine.

That’s a one-third increase of 3.6 percent before the blockage began, according to interviews with 8,600 adults conducted by YouGov for PHE between May 13 and July 13.

Dr. Rao calculates that, when applied to the people of England, about 550,562 adults started drinking dangerously high levels during closure. It’s a jump from 1.65 million a week to 2.2 million.

The 35-44 year-olds hit the bottle the hardest, the figures suggest. The number of heavy drinkers in this group had almost doubled from 3.2 percent to 5.7 percent, an increase from 178,700.

Dr. Rao said, “Many people in their thirties and forties are stuck at home with young children, trying to combine childcare with work. Many have also been made redundant or moved. This has led to an increase in drinking to harmful levels. ‘

The proportion of women who consume more than 50 units per week has almost doubled from 1.6 percent to 2.8 percent. In men, it rose from 5.6 percent to 6.9 percent.

Young adults aged 18 to 24 have actually reduced their drinking behavior and have continued the trend of recent years.

Those with alcohol problems will now find it more difficult to get help, with most addiction services limited to online and remote support.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr. Tony Rao, an addiction specialist at King's College London, calculates that when applied to the people of England, approximately 550,562 adults started drinking dangerously heavy levels during closing (stock image)

Consultant psychiatrist Dr. Tony Rao, an addiction specialist at King's College London, calculates that when applied to the people of England, approximately 550,562 adults started drinking dangerously heavy levels during closing (stock image)

Consultant psychiatrist Dr. Tony Rao, an addiction specialist at King’s College London, calculates that when applied to the people of England, about 550,562 adults started drinking dangerously heavy levels during the lockdown (stock image)

Dr. Rao said, “Now, more than ever, it is time to increase expertise.

Covid-19 has shed light on the burning deck of the growing burden of alcohol problems in our society. We have been waiting for a good alcohol strategy since 2012. This is the problem today and not tomorrow. ‘

Dr. Katherine Severi, of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, added, “We must ensure that preventing alcohol damage is a priority in the Covid-19 National Recovery Plan.”

Rosanna O’Connor, of Public Health England, advised adults to reduce their risk by taking days off from drinking. It comes after a study by King’s College London found that 29 percent drank more alcohol.

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