Changes in alcohol consumption in selected European countries due to Covid-19 in 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020 some consumers in European countries have increased their alcohol consumption. According to a survey in late March and early April of 2020 about 12 percent of respondents from the United Kingdom stated that they currently drink more alcohol than before the outbreak. The share of respondents that now drink more was largest in the UK. About two percent behind the UK was the share of respondents from France.
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Share of people that consume more alcoholic beverages due to the coronavirus outbreak in selected European countries between March and April 2020

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

March 25 to April 2, 2020**

Number of respondents


Supplementary notes

The source notes: 'Data has been weighted by age and gender to be Census representative in all markets.'

* Sum of respondents, breakdown as follows:

UK - 1,276 respondents
France - 1,044 respondents
Germany - 1,046 respondents
Italy - 1,109 respondents
Spain - 1,050 respondents

** All countries, specific fieldwork was done on the following days:

UK - March 25 to April 1, 2020
France - March 30 to April 1, 2020
Germany - March 30 to April 1, 2020
Italy - March 30 to April 1, 2020
Spain - March 30 to April 2, 2020

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