According to medical experts, a number of people in the UK might soon start to encounter serious alcohol-related health problems.
The coronavirus lockdown might have a negative impact on the health of many Britons. The lack of activity and outdoor events has led many people to resort to continuous harmful drinking.
Most writers have raised concerns over excessive drinking and said that it might increase the number of cases of domestic violence.
An article, by Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, who chairs Alcohol Health Alliance UK, and Ilora Finlay, who chairs the House of Lords Commission on Alcohol Harms said: “Many people reacted to the closure of pubs and restaurants by stocking up to drink at home in isolation.”
An editorial in the BMJ said that tackling harmful drinking during the lockdown will be “an integral part of the nation`s recovery”.
Supermarkets and corner shops are recording the highest increase in sales of alcohol than any other commodities during this period. A total increase of about 22 per cent was recorded.
The editorial said: “It is increasingly clear that if we don’t prepare for emerging from the pandemic, we will see the toll of increased alcohol harm for a generation.”
In the same month, the percentage of sales of alcohol off-licenses rose by 31 per cent but this accounts for only 1 per cent of alcohol sales.