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Kantar Poll Data (July 22-23, 2020) 

About the survey 

In the midst of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the ADF commissioned Kantar Public to conduct a national poll to explore the impact of the country’s initial lockdown.   

The online survey of 1,000 Australians was conducted from July 22-23, 2020 during a time when some COVID-19 restrictions were beginning to lift for most states and territories, with the exception of Victoria.  

The survey measured changes in alcohol consumption before, during and after lockdown; and the factors that drove changes in consumption.  The survey sample was stratified to be representative of the Australian population by age, gender and location.  

Polling Snapshot 

Change in drinking behaviours during lockdown 

The desire to reduce alcohol consumption 

The impact of lockdown on positive and negative behaviours 

Awareness of habit formation 


The release of the poll data comes as the Alcohol and Drug Foundation launches a new national health campaign – Break the Habit – revealing that it takes only around 66 days to form a habit – roughly the same amount of time most Australians spent in lockdown.  

For those Australians who increased alcohol consumption during lockdown, even small increases to the amount of alcohol consumed can become harder to shift over time.  

Break the Habit  encourages people to consider their recent drinking patterns, help them recognise any problem signs and what to do to turn them around. 

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