Happiness levels drop for all ages since pandemic — except OAPs

HAPPINESS levels have dropped for all age groups since Covid arrived — except over-65s, an official government report shows.

Popular Christmas traditions are also for the chop as the UK battles with coronavirus into 2021, it adds.

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It comes as a separate report reveals people drank more booze but smoked less in lockdown.

In terms of happiness, researchers recorded a drop of around five per cent in the emotion for all age groups save for OAPs who are feeling jollier.

People were most fed up in Scotland, which saw a 15 per cent fall in happiness in one week.

Under-30s were suffering the worst mental health, depression and anxiety, said the cross-government C19 Foresight Group set up to review the response to the virus.

It found support for the Government’s approach to handling the pandemic increases with age.

Nearly half OAPs back it, but only around three in ten in the 18-24 age group.

Most respondents in all age groups said the advice on how many people they could meet was “not very or not at all clear”.

It said festive traditions likely to be hit by Covid restrictions include carolling, midnight mass and parties.

The team suggested going online to see Santa through an online Santa’s Grotto Live experience.

A University of Glasgow study found that the number of people drinking four or more times a week rose in lockdown, as did binge-drinking.

fell, notably in younger age groups and men, the study revealed.

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