May 15, 2020

Alcohol consumption in SL dropped by 80% : survey Featured

Alcohol consumption has dropped by 80% among consumers, when the country faced a standstill amid the curfew imposed in Sri Lanka due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a survey reveals.
The government had taken measures to close taverns and wine stores, only allowing them to reopen until earlier this week.

The survey was carried out by the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre between May 01- 10 using a sample group of 2019 persons covering who would smoke and consume alcohol, covering all 25 districts.

23% of the sample group is between the ages of 21 and 24 while 47% of the group are between 25 and 40 years of age.

30% were over 40 years of age.

84% stated that the unavailability of alcohol contributed to the reduced consumption of alcohol.

16% had opposing opinions.

49% of wives of alcohol consumers stated that they faced lesser domestic problems.

40% stated that they were able to save money as a result.

54% had smoked last prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

68% stated that they minimised smoking during the Covid-19 crisis.