HOUSEHOLDS have been stocking up on booze to keep them going during lockdown, with sales up 22 per cent in March compared to the same time last year.
That's according to data from research company Kantar, which also found an additional £199million has been spent on alcohol in the past month.
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It says people have been stocking up to recreate trips to the pubs with friends over apps including Houseparty and Facetime.
In terms of groceries, as a whole, Kantar says March saw the biggest month for sales ever recorded amounting to £10.8billion - that's more than at Christmas.
Online booze retailer, Master of Malt, has also recorded a 200 per cent boost in sales from March 23 to March 29 compared to a normal week.
It says it's also seen a shift in what people are buying, with beer volumes "exploding" and an increase in sales for pre-bottled cocktails, vermouth and wine.
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HERE are the top ten purchases by drinks category, according to Master of Malt data from March 23 to 29:
- Pre-bottled cocktails
Other specialist alcohol sellers have also seen an increase in demand.
Majestic's website currently says that "due to high demand" orders of six bottles or more will now take up to two weeks to arrive.
While Naked Wine initially stopped taking new orders when lockdown began, although it's back up and running now.
Some supermarkets have also placed limits on what you can buy to prevent stockpiling.
Just last week, Aldi lifted its four-item limit on beer, wines and spirits, although you can still only purchase 12 units per online order.
Elsewhere, Asda has a three item limit on all products sold online, while Tesco has an online shopping limit of 80 items per order.
Supermarkets, corner shops and off-licences are still allowed to stay open and sell alcohol under rules in the UK as they also sell essential households items and food.
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That said, some have restricted over the counter sales, such as on scratch cards, to minimise the risk of staff coming into contact with shoppers.
Online retailers are also allowed to continue selling as normal, although many now operate contactless deliveries.
This means alcohol is still allowed to be sold but you shouldn't make a trip to the shop for booze alone given it's not an essential item.
If you'd rather order online, we've rounded-up the 13 best alcohol delivery services you need to know about.
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Of course, while alcohol sales are on the up, pubs and bars have suffered due to being forced to close by the government.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unveiled billions in support to help boost businesses and the economy.
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