An estimated 8.6 million UK adults are drinking more since lockdown. We need your help more than ever.
The past few months have been challenging for us all – but for those facing problems with alcohol even more so. Our research has shown that 18% of daily drinkers have increased the amount they are drinking since lockdown.
Alcohol has wider impacts than many of us realise. Heavy drinking is linked to mental health problems, family conflict, and inter-partner violence – all of which have been made worse by the pandemic. In England alone, over 200,000 children live with an alcohol dependent parent or carer, and without school and wider family support these children are particularly vulnerable.
Our research suggests that more than 3.5 million adults are living in homes where conflict is worse during lockdown as a result of alcohol. The figures are even higher for households with children. One in seven people with children reported that alcohol had increased tensions.
At Alcohol Change UK we play a vital role, helping people to find alcohol services in their area which are still able to offer support during the pandemic, and offering support to tens of thousands of people online via our peer support groups and website advice hub. Our Blue Light program is training local services to support some of the most vulnerable drinkers, who face particular challenges as a result of Covid-19. That saves the NHS and other frontline services money, and more importantly improves and even saves lives.
Alcohol harm is not inevitable. But we cannot reduce alcohol harm alone. We need your help. Sign up today to find out more about the work we are doing and the ways in which you can get involved.
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