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NI supermarkets sell £100m of alcohol during coronavirus lockdown


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Close to £100m was spent on take-home alcohol from supermarkets and grocery stores in Northern Ireland in a 12-week period just before and during lockdown. File image posed by model

Close to £100m was spent on take-home alcohol from supermarkets and grocery stores in Northern Ireland in a 12-week period just before and during lockdown. File image posed by model

Close to £100m was spent on take-home alcohol from supermarkets and grocery stores in Northern Ireland in a 12-week period just before and during lockdown. File image posed by model

Close to £100m was spent on take-home alcohol from supermarkets and grocery stores in Northern Ireland in a 12-week period just before and during lockdown.

While overall consumption is believed to have dropped considerably with the closure of bars, the amount bought in the stores, excluding spirits, jumped 51% compared to the same period last year, according to an international consulting firm.

The figures can be revealed as public health officials encourage people to take a closer look at their drinking habits at home to mark Northern Ireland Alcohol Awareness Week.