The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (8 May 2020) published the results of its Social Impact of COVID-19 Survey. This survey includes such topics as personal well-being, personal concerns related to COVID-19, changes in consumption behaviour and working life since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.
Analysis of Changes in Consumption Behaviour since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions, shows that the percentage of male and female respondents reporting an increase in their consumption of alcohol were similar, 20.9% and 23.4% respectively. However, a much higher proportion of male respondents (26.0%) reported a decrease in alcohol consumption compared with females (8.6%).
Over four in ten (41.8%) respondents that were very concerned about household stress from confinement reported an increase in alcohol consumption and just over three in ten (30.4%) respondents that felt lonely at least some of the time in the past 4 weeks reported an increase in alcohol consumption.
Just over three in ten smokers (30.5%) reported an increase in tobacco consumption since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions.
See the full report here
Source, CSO.ie, 08/05/20