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Brits ‘need to drink 124 pints each’ to save UK pubs after lockdown

·2-min read
Photo credit: Christopher Algar - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Algar - Getty Images

Our locals were hit hard during the pandemic, with almost 2,500 forced to close their doors forever in 2020– and after a year of record losses, those that remain are hanging on by a thread. With pubs opening indoors from today, financial experts have called on UK punters to prop up the nation’s watering holes by sinking 124 pints each.

That’s £382 per adult, which is what it’ll take for the pub sector to rebound to pre-pandemic levels, according to financial experts Company Debt. To drive the point home, they created a poster detailing the various ways ‘Your Local Pub Needs You’ to support the sector as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

Off the sauce? No problem. You can do your bit to save the UK’s 40,000 boozers by munching through 976 packets of crisps or 40 roast dinners.

'With the latest estimates suggesting that the UK’s food and beverage industry lost at least £25.66 billion due to Covid-19 we wondered how much every person in the UK would need to spend in order to reach pre-pandemic levels,' reads the Company Debt website.

'In particular we wondered how far that money would go in pubs, one of the most beleaguered sectors. We came up with a figure of 124 per pints per adult, based on a figure of 52 million adults in the UK.'

Needless to say, this isn’t a session drinking challenge. No one should try to sink that much beer in one go. If you attempt it in one night, you will die. But the figures do illustrate just how financially challenging the pandemic has been for the nation’s pubs.

Making up the estimated six billion pints lost to lockdown is a tall order, but with the future of our favourite public houses hanging in the balance, we’re prepared to dig deep this summer and accept our share of cold, crisp pints – responsibly, of course.

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