Lockdown and other public health measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 haven’t driven us all to drink (and other drugs), as many news stories would have us believe.

Our Global Drug Survey released today, which includes replies from more than 55,000 participants, shows a mixed response.

We found some people are increasing their use of alcohol and cannabis, mainly due to boredom, which previous research has found.

But other people have reduced their drinking and drug use now festivals, nightclubs or parties are no longer an option – a trend that has so far gained less attention.