We carried out a cross-sectional analysis of baseline survey data from the University College London (UCL) COVID-19 Social Study assessing alcohol consumption and measures relating to COVID-19 in the UK for participants recruited between 21st March and 4th April 2020.

The UCL COVID-19 Social Study is a large panel study of the psychological and social experiences of adults (aged 18+) in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. The baseline survey from the study assessed a range of factors including sociodemographics, health, alcohol consumption, confirmed and suspected COVID-19, and behaviours and attitudes relating to COVID-19. Although participant recruitment was based on a multistage nonrandom sampling approach, the sample was designed to have broad representation across sociodemographic characteristics. Participants were recruited using three primary approaches. First, snowballing was used, including promoting the study through existing networks and mailing lists, print and digital media coverage, and social media. Second, more targeted recruitment was undertaken focusing on (i) individuals from a low-income background, (ii) individuals with no or few educational qualifications, and (iii) individuals who were unemployed. Third, the study was promoted via partnerships with third sector organisations to vulnerable groups, such as adults with pre-existing mental health conditions, and carers. The data are weighted to account for the non-random nature of the sample. For full details on the recruitment strategies and weighting for the study, visit www.covidsocialstudy.org.

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