Problem drinking ‘rife’ in middle-class homes as a result of coronavirus lockdown

Middle-class problem drinkers who have turned to alcohol in lockdown are missing out on help because health services “are not designed for them,” says the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In an exclusive article for The Telegraph, Dr Adrian James said alcohol dependence – traditionally characterised as a homeless person “supping cheap cider” on the streets – was “rife in our warm and comfortable houses.”

Figures from Public Health England (PHE) showed that more than a fifth of those in the highest socio-economic group (ABC1s – 20.7 per cent) admitted drinking excessively in April, up from 13.2 per cent in February, while drinkers among those with the lowest socio-economic backgrounds (C2s and DEs) rose from 7.9 per cent to 17.9 per cent.

“It’s seen at the dinner table when that second bottle of wine is uncorked or when another large gin and tonic is poured, all done under

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