London came just above Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester in the booze race.
Lockdown was a very stressful time for the nation. So it’s no surprise that the UK drank more than usual during this period.
Non-alcoholic beer brand Freestar’s did some research, and revealed that almost a third of Brits were drinking between four and seven days a week during the lockdown. And, as always, London just had to come out on top—knocking all other UK cities off the podium. Lockdown saw Londoners drinking, on average, 2.54 days per week. This was closely followed by Belfast, at 2.48 days per week.
Let’s take a look at the top 10…
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)
The survey did, however, also show that 50% of the nation now felt less pressure to drink. Moreover, 40% said they’d consider trying alcohol-free equivalents when heading back to the reopened pubs. Around 50% also claimed they would think more about the environment when selecting their booze of choice.
So there you have it. Let’s see how these trends develop post-lockdown…