Less than half of people who swore to cut back on alcohol stuck to their survey plan
Less than half of those who vowed to cut back on alcohol consumption after UK coronavirus restrictions lifted have done so, but many are now hoping to drink less this month or try Dry January.
A survey, carried out by YouGov on behalf of Drinkaware, found that 17% of 9,137 people surveyed said they intended to cut back on their alcohol consumption when the lockdown is relaxed, but only 46% did. had reduced in December.
Drinkaware research found that 23% of those surveyed cut back a bit before falling back to their old drinking habits, but 23% failed completely.
The alcohol education charity said there were multiple reasons people were breaking their vow to drink less, with 49% citing alcohol helping them with stress and anxiety , 36% saying it relieves boredom and 18% saying it is something to do with friends and family.
Drinkaware said half of those who failed to cut back are looking to drink less in January, and 22% of those are aiming to participate in Dry January.
In June, Drinkaware revealed that nearly half of UK adults made redundant or in the process of being laid off were drinking more than they usually did before the pandemic.
In total, 35% of respondents said taking days without drinking helped, while 23% said avoiding drinking alcohol on a ‘school / work night’ had helped.
Some 19% said that not drinking alcohol at home helped them reduce their alcohol consumption, and 16% said that not consuming alcohol for a set period of time meant they were drank much less.
The summer poll also suggested that two-thirds of drinkers were drinking at high-risk levels (over 34 units of alcohol per week for women and over 50 for men), more than they did. would have done before the pandemic.
Annabelle Bonus, Director of Evidence and Impact at Drinkaware, said: “Even with the best of intentions, it can be incredibly difficult to cut down on how much you drink, especially once you get used to it. drink more.
“The current uncertainty around Omicron is also likely to contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety that people believed were a barrier to their reduction.
“Drinking regularly above the UK’s Chief Medical Officer guidelines of 14 units per week can increase your risk of developing a range of health problems, including seven types of cancer, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t. did not stick to your plans.
“It’s never too late to make a change and think about cutting back, whether it’s factoring in more drink-free days, switching to low-alcohol or non-alcoholic options, or stop completely.
“It’s easy to lose track of how quickly alcohol units add up, and keeping track of it is a useful way to reduce the risk of alcohol affecting your health. Downloading the Drinkaware app is a first step for many of them to change to a healthier life.