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Alcohol sales 58% higher than this time last year

Alcohol sales 58% higher than this time last year

Retailers have recorded a 58% increase in the volume of alcohol sales week on week this week, compared to this time last year.

Increases of between 22% and 30% have been reported in earlier weeks of the Covid-19 restrictions, with โ‚ฌ38m spent one week earlier this month.

Stout has seen the biggest increase, followed by spirits and lager.

It comes as a study in the UK found 20% of people say they are drinking more since the Covid-19 lockdown began.

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Eunan McKinney, of Alcohol Action Ireland, says since the pubs closed it was inevitable there would be some increased buying but 58% is higher than expected.

"We don't know whether people are necessarily [drinking more]," he said.

"Obviously all pubs are closed and licensed premises are closed, therefore I suppose there may be some degree of displacement of activity. At 58% it certainly would be up and away and beyond [what was expected]."

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