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Cambridge study probes how people's behaviours have changed because of coronavirus pandemic

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Lockdown could be leading to heightened levels of drinking, watching pornography and gambling online, experts have suggested.  (Ian West/PA)

Lockdown could be leading to heightened levels of drinking, watching pornography and gambling online, experts have suggested. (Ian West/PA)

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Lockdown could be leading to heightened levels of drinking, watching pornography and gambling online, experts have suggested. (Ian West/PA)

Lockdown could be leading to heightened levels of drinking, watching pornography and gambling online, experts have suggested.

Researchers have launched a new study to see how restrictions have affected people's behaviours.

Academics from the University of Cambridge are urging people to partake in an anonymous survey which examines people's gambling, smoking, pornography consumption and drinking habits to see whether lockdown has had an effect.

"We expect to see an increase in these behaviours across the UK in response to the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in," said Dr Valerie Voon from the University of Cambridge. In many cases, these changes will be people's strategies for coping with the anxiety and stress caused by the pandemic and lockdown and, we hope, won't have a long-term impact if the behaviour can be controlled."

Meanwhile, experts at the University of Bristol also launched a separate study examining which patients are at greatest risk of harm from Covid-19.

Researchers aim to link routine health data recorded in GP surgeries to the records of the most severely ill patients admitted to hospital intensive care units. They hope the analysis will reveal which existing health problems, drug treatments, or other factors - such as smoking behaviours, are most strongly associated with people being admitted to intensive care or dying due to the virus.

Belfast Telegraph