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Alcohol Action Ireland open pan European survey to capture drinking behaviour during COVID-19

  • Study is a collaboration of epidemiological scientists from 11 research institutes across Europe The aim of this pan-European survey is to link alcohol intake to experiences regarding the current COVID19 pandemic. With the outbreak of COVID19 in Europe, political actions by national governments led to changes in daily and public life in many places, including possible changes in alcohol consumption. 

    Since the current pandemic is an unprecedented situation with hitherto unknown consequences for everyday life, the survey investigates its implications particularly with regard to drinking. 

    This survey resulted from a collaboration of epidemiological scientists from multiple research institutes in Europe, including the Technische Universität Dresden (Germany) and the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (Spain).

    Alcohol Action Ireland are interested in capturing as wide a range of views as possible and would greatly appreciate the participation of the Irish public through this survey. 

    Filling in the survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

    Participation in the study is completely voluntary and people can refuse to respond to any questions or stop the survey altogether at any time. Your name or any other information that identify you as a person will not be recorded or associated in any way with your responses. 

    The principal investigator of the survey is Dr Jürgen Rehm and co-ordinated through the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Technische Universität Dresden. 

    Dr Rehm is a leader in generating and analysing the scientific data needed to inform policy-makers about strategies to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related harm. This includes economic studies on the costs of substance use and the cost–benefit and cost–effectiveness of various interventions strategies.

    Commenting on the opening of this online survey, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy, Alcohol Action Ireland said:

The dramatic impact of COVID-19 on all our lives has been significant and the early trade data, up to mid-April, indicates there has been a significant spike in alcohol sales. 

By collaborating with our colleagues across Europe, we hope this study will contribute to a better understanding of consumption patterns and health outcomes during times of pandemic or similar events involving restrictions and quarantine, and should support evidence-based policy action and decisions in times of crises to protect health and well-being.

Contribute to a study of the European impact of COVID-19 with this 10-min anonymous survey: