It seems Aussies are turning to the booze pretty heavily due to the coronavirus crisis, with new data showing we’re buying and drinking more.
One in five Aussies have purchased more alcohol than usual during the pandemic, and the majority are drinking more, according to national polling by YouGov Galaxy and commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
It shows that 20 percent of people are buying more alcohol, and 70 percent of them are drinking more than normal.
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One third of Australians are now using alcohol daily.
The poll also found that almost one third of people (32 percent) who purchased more alcohol are concerned about their own drinking or someone in their household’s drinking, and 27 per cent are now drinking alcohol to cope with anxiety and stress.
FARE CEO Caterina Giorgi says it’s extremely concerning.
“Alcohol sales are up over the past month and while the alcohol industry wants you to believe that people aren’t actually drinking that alcohol, this YouGov Galaxy research reveals the truth.
“Increased drinking by people worried about COVID-19 might be good news for alcohol industry executives, but it’s certainly worrying news for our community’s health.
“We need to get ahead of this before it’s too late and this involves action from governments across the country to address the alcohol industry’s aggressive marketing practices, place limits on late night and rapid online alcohol product delivery, boost funding for our alcohol and other drug services and provide messages to the public on how to reduce the risks from drinking alcohol as part of their current public health campaigns,” Ms Giorgi said.