However, in a survey conducted among 1,000 Flemings a quarter indicated that they were drinking less: sobriety wins!
“We normally associate drinking with going down the pub or socialising with friends and relatives. On the other hand a lot of alcohol is consumed by people alone at home. For some people a glass of alcohol is a way of deadening negative feelings” says Katleen Peleman of the VAD.
Worst offenders are people with a diploma of advanced education: 28% of the highly educated have been drinking more. Among Flemings, whose scholarly learning went no further than secondary school, only 17% are drinking more.
“On the whole, the highly educated drink more, so they may be more inclined to reach for a glass when the pressure is on” says Katleen Peleman.
Age too plays a role: in the 35-54 age category 27% said they were drinking more to a lot more during the lockdown. Among 18-34-year-olds the figure is 19%. 17% of over 55’s said they were drinking more.
Those drinking more are more likely to struggle with negative emotions like stress, loneliness, boredom and family problems.
“This can be a cause for concern and herald future problem-drinking” says Katleen Peleman.
There’s heartening news too: a quarter of Flemings drank less. Over a third consciously kept their eye on alcohol consumption.