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Londoners officially drank more than the rest of the UK during lockdown

We came top of the squiffy table, above Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester

By
Samantha Willis
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We don’t know about you, but during lockdown our recycling bins were bursting with wine and beer bottles. It said great things about our commitment to sustainability but less-good things about our self-control when it comes to drinking. For many, there was nothing like having a glass of light, crisp rosé to look forward to when a global pandemic was raging on in the background.

So just how bad did our boozing get during our self-imposed ‘lockdown lock-ins’? Well, non-alcoholic beer brand Freestar has crunched the numbers for us and we can reveal that one in three Brits were drinking alcohol between four and seven days a week. Yikes!

It’s a widely held belief that we Londoners ‘like a drink’. Pre-lockdown you could catch us all staggering from pubs on most nights of the week, office attire looking slightly dishevelled. And the data also confirms that trend during lockdown. Take a look at the squiffy leadership table below, detailing the cities that drank the most during lockdown:

1. London (2.54 days per week on average)
2. Belfast (2.48)
3. Birmingham (2.43)
4. Manchester (2.37)
5. Cardiff (2.36)
6. 
Plymouth (2.26) 
=6.
Bristol (2.26)
8. Sheffield (2.23)
9. Leeds (2.17)
=9. Norwich (2.17)

It’s not all incriminating, though. The survey found that 50 percent of Brits also now felt less pressure to drink, with 40 percent saying they’d consider drinking alcohol-free options in clubs when they reopen. And better still, around half think about the environmental impact when deciding what and how they drink. 

We’ll drink to that! A zero percenter, of course.  

All those stats made you thirsty? Find a great local bar you can book a table at now

Seen the light and it looks like sobriety? Here are some places to drink when you’re not drinking.

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