Keep track and cut back on your drinking in lockdown

A campaign to help people who are concerned about lockdown home drinking has been launched in Scotland.

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 10:20 pm
The ‘Keep Track Cut Back’ campaign aims to guide those worried about their own drinking or the drinking of someone else to tools on the Drinkaware website.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our convivial moments have naturally been restricted to the home.

For most of us this has not meant an increase in consumption. But for some, the destabilising effects of anxiety, isolation and concerns for the future have led to increased drinking.

The Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership (SAIP), an alliance of alcohol retailers and producers, recognises the unique circumstances we face can lead to some people struggling with new-found drinking habits.

For many, those habits will change when normal life returns. But if you’ve noticed the bottle recycling bin is getting fuller, or you’re crushing a lot more cans, it may be time to seek some help.

The ‘Keep Track Cut Back’ campaign aims to guide those worried about their own drinking or the drinking of someone else to tools on the Drinkaware website.

These can help people to assess how much they are drinking and gives advice on some simple ways to cut down.

SAIP spokesperson, Dr John Lee from the Scottish Grocers’ Federation said: “Research has shown that most adults have continued to drink the same or less during lockdown but there are signs that a small number of people are drinking a lot more.

“Non-judgemental and easy to follow guidance or a simple way to assess your drinking are all available on the Drinkaware site including their app which is an easy way to track your drinking and set goals.

“Alcohol plays an important role in the social fabric of society but the Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership recognises that these unprecedented times can impact negatively on people’s health and well-being, and that is why we are determined to do what we can to help.”

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