In more good news regarding alcohol consumption, PM Boris Johnson has been consulting with MPs to find ways of helping the service industry which was one of the hardest hit economies to suffer at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A much needed helping hand
With the UK's budget being announced next week, pubs and restaurants could soon be receiving a helping hand by having the taxes on their alcohol slashed and reallocated back to alcohol sold in supermarkets instead. During this week's PMQs, the PM said it was:
an extremely good point which I'm sure will be heard with great interest around the country. There is such a review, being carried out, after consulting owners and brewers and I know that the Chancellor is looking very closely at the findings.
Alcohol sales in supermarkets soared throughout lockdown
With a total of three national lockdowns in the past year, and as a result, pubs and restaurants being forced to close their doors to the publics, people found an easy alternative to stock up on their boozy drinks by flocking to supermarkets.
This could be the help the service and nightlife industries need to boost foot traffic. Nightclubs, in particular, were hit so severely by the pandemic that 80% of them are expected to permanently close down.
Earlier this week, Boris Johnson announced his tentative roadmap to end the lockdown in the UK with schools being first on the list to reopen on 8 March. Beer gardens, as to them, will be making their comeback on 29 March.
And perhaps the most anticipated day of the year for everyone in the UK is 21 June which would mark the official end to government-imposed social distancing measures.