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Coronavirus: Yorkshire and Humber residents most concerned about someone's drinking during lockdown

Coronavirus: Yorkshire and Humber residents most concerned about someone's drinking during lockdown

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 7th May 2020.

People in Yorkshire and the Humber are the most concerned about the drinking habits of someone they know during the lockdown.  

  • New figures show people in Yorkshire and the Humber are the most concerned about the drinking habits of someone they know during lockdown.  
  • 17 per cent of people in region said they were concerned.  
  • 8 per cent of people in Yorkshire and the Humber are also worried about their own drinking.  

That's according to new stats, which show 17  per cent of us here are concerned.  

Across the country it's 12 percent - meaning around six million people across the UK have concerns about how much someone they know is drinking.  

8 per cent of people in Yorkshire are also worried about their own drinking.   They thought people were most likely to drink due to boredom (76%), to relax (55%) or due to loneliness (53%). 

The YouGov Direct survey was commissioned by drug and alcohol charity We Are With You.

Selection of drinks on a night out in Harrogate

Laura Bunt, Deputy CEO at We Are With You, said: 

“These are really tough times for everyone. It’s completely understandable that people don’t want to access health services across the board at the moment.  But the necessary coronavirus restrictions have led to an increase in drinking at home.

"At the best of times we know four out of five people with an alcohol issue aren’t accessing support, with less people wanting to access health services right now, there’s a danger we could be sleepwalking towards a public health crisis when this is all over. 

“If you are concerned about your own drinking, or are one the millions of people concerned about the drinking of someone you know, drug and alcohol services remain open and are here to work alongside people during this difficult time. Our treatment services are warm, non-judgemental spaces where we work with people to help them make healthier choices. You don’t need to contact your GP or worry about putting extra strain on the NHS - just visit our website to find out who the provider in your local area is."