Many 'plan to cut alcohol consumption as lockdown eases'

BBC Radio Scotland

People drink at a beer garden in Edinbugh
Some pubs have re-opened, with beer gardens proving popular

A study suggests many people are planning to cut the amount they are drinking now that pubs and bars are open.

Over a quarter of people questioned said they drank more than usual during lockdown to help them deal with stress and anxiety.

Almost two-fifths said they expect to drink less now, the research commissioned by Alcohol Focus Scotland found.

Chief executive Alison Douglas told BBC Radio Scotland the rise in drinking isn’t a great surprise, because "many of the other ways we manage stress may have been more difficult to access during lockdown".

The positive thing is people are recognising they are concerned about their drinking and many intend to reduce the amount they are drinking as lockdown eases. The risk is that perhaps proves more difficult than we hope.”

Alison DouglasAlcohol Focus Scotland