Alcohol sales and consumption rising steadily throughout Lockdown

Brits are drinking more alcohol than they used to, research has found. The poll found that 36% of furloughed workers have increased their alcohol consumption since the UK went into lockdown, with 26% of home workers increasing, compared to a nationwide average of 24%.

The coronavirus outbreak is creating “significant changes” to employees’ lives, and many people no longer have their usual work routines. This adds pressure to employers to make sure that line managers are trained to support their team member’s wellbeing during lockdown.

Having regular catch-ups with staff, asking open-ended questions to genuinely enquire about an individual’s wellbeing is essential, as is signposting to available support such as employee assistance programmes and information on healthy lifestyles.

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