The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is concerned by the surge in alcohol sales amid the coronavirus pandemic, fearing it may lead to increased domestic violence, accidents and injuries.
Commonwealth Bank data shows alcohol sales have risen by 20.4% compared to this time last year, confirming reports of people stockpiling and panic buying alcoholic products.
Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor AM, said she was worried there would be an increase in the number of people consuming alcohol in their homes as a coping mechanism in this uncertain time.
"The Alcohol and Drug Foundation acknowledges the strain being placed on individuals and families, as the impact of coronavirus unfolds," Dr Lalor said.
"It's important that people take steps to maintain their health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of alcohol-related harms," Dr Lalor added.
Buffs bottle shop manager Julie Spiller said the report made sense.
"We have seen a little bit of a rise in sales yeah, some days are busier than others, I think a lot will depend on what happens over the next few days," she said.
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