Alcohol issues soar during lockdown

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) is warning that alcohol addiction services might struggle to cope with the ‘soaring numbers’ of people misusing alcohol. They pointed to data finding that in June, more than 8.4m people in England were drinking at higher-risk levels, up from 4.8m in February. While Covid-19 has impacted on alcohol consumption patterns. the RCP also pointed to funding cuts for addiction services as problematic. A spokesperson from the drug, alcohol and mental health charity We Are With You said: “Social isolation and a lack of a human connection is a big factor behind why some people turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism, so clearly the pandemic continues to be really tough for many people. 

View our COVID-19 tracker in full.