Alcohol Change UK has warned against the dangers of alcohol delivery apps, following new research from the group that suggests rapid delivery services may encourage consumers to continue drinking when they would have otherwise stopped.

The research, which looks to promote responsible alcohol delivery, surveyed 2,001 UK adults between January 18 and February 6 2024.

It found that around half of people (47%) who have used delivery apps had their most recent order delivered on the same day, with 50% citing convenience as the primary reason for using rapid delivery services. A further 3 in 10 people said they have placed an order when already intoxicated.

Regular users of alcohol delivery services, referring to those who order at least once a month, were reported to drink more than the UK average. 

Alcohol Change UK also flagged concerns over ID checks when ordering alcohol, with only 22% of 18-25 year olds saying that they always have their ID checked on the doorstep. 

Dr Laura Harvey, policy and research manager at Alcohol Change UK, said: “This research shows how alcohol deliveries mean quicker access to alcohol, sometimes resulting in us drinking more than we planned to, and how some young people are handed alcohol on the doorstep without proper age checks.”

Alcohol Change UK has now called for more robust policies to be put in place to support responsible alcohol delivery. Recommended policy changes include better driver training, mandatory age checks and a formal review of advertising rules to limit harmful alcohol marketing.