One in four Scottish adults say that income worries have had a negative impact on their mental health during lockdown.

Research commissioned during Mental Health Awareness Week by One Year No Beer, shows 36% of the Scottish population are concerned that their mental health has started to decline with 18% believing they will emerge from lockdown drinking more than they did before.

Two months on from the implementation of various lockdown and social distancing measures, the YouGov survey, prompted the population to reflect on the status of their mental health and wellbeing and highlighting the importance of keeping it in check.

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Ruari Fairbairns, founder and CEO of One Year No Beer, said: "What is more worrying is this might only be the tip of the iceberg, with a sizeable proportion of the population experiencing a disturbance in mental health but unable to properly recognise it.

“Mental Health Awareness week is much more than just a week it should be a continual part of our lives.

"We can’t stress how important it is for people to keep this in check and find productive and effective coping mechanisms because prolonged periods of a certain destructive behaviour will almost definitely begin to form new habits.”

The survey also revealed that over three-quarters (76%) of Scottish drinkers are drinking the same or more during lockdown, leaving only 21% drinking less.

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Ali Temple, certified coach at One Year No Beer, said: “The lockdown has deprived us of so many of our basic human needs: variety, certainty, connection and the reality is that our mental health has declined as a result of this.

“Since people no longer have jobs, hobbies and friends to fill their time they are left with limited options. This means more time with your own thoughts in an environment that can’t possibly meet your needs and so mental health naturally declines as a result.”