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It's too easy to forget during this crisis that we're in a lockdown, not a lock-in

Mary McCarthy


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Six pints in the pub is a lot pricier than a six pack on the sofa. Now there’s no drive home. Stock picture

Six pints in the pub is a lot pricier than a six pack on the sofa. Now there’s no drive home. Stock picture

Six pints in the pub is a lot pricier than a six pack on the sofa. Now there’s no drive home. Stock picture

By sweeping away our daily routines, the coronavirus has crashed into the scaffolding that holds up our lives - triggering a perfect storm for hitting the booze.

With nobody immune from feeling uneasy and all having to stay home, if we don't keep an eye, this lockdown could turn into one big lock-in that is going to make us feel even worse.

Go into any supermarket and it's clear people are stocking up - but how long will the beer sit in the pantry? There is no point in all of us going off the rails. Though safe drinking is, of course, absolutely essential to this outcome!