More than half of booze-lovers in Britain have admitted to upping their alcohol intake whilst self-isolating.

Since the measures were introduced by the Government on March 23, 61 percent of Brits said they've been knocking back more booze than they usually would, and more than a fifth said they drink enough to get drunk every night.

Google searches for 'wine delivery UK' increased by a whopping 2,250 percent, while searches for ‘beer delivery’ were up 550 percent and those for ‘beer making kit’ increased by 450 percent.

Georgie Murphy, MSc Nutrition at vitamin service, Vitl, said: "Whilst people are inclined to drink more during testing times, we wanted to reiterate that although it may seem like a temporary escape from the world around us, the numerous effects of alcohol on your mental and physical wellbeing are far from desirable.

"Regular drinking can have detrimental effects on your health and, more specifically, your digestive and immune system.

"When there is a lingering threat to your health, it is even more critical to take preventative measures to protect yourself."

Research carried out by Vitl, looked into the ways self-isolating is impacting the lifestyle of Britons, with more than 2,200 British adults taking part - all of whom remained anonymous.

Out of all respondents, two thirds admit to having drunk alone during self-isolation.

Before lockdown, the average UK resident was drinking around 10 units of alcohol a week, but this has more than tripled in the last two weeks to 31, double the weekly amount the NHS says is permissible.

And around 38 percent of Britons admitting to having drunk every night since lockdown (just like this reporter), with 29 percent already noticing negative effects on their health because of this.

Furthermore, one in nine said they think they'll continue to drink every night until the end of lockdown.

Ms Murphy said: "Excessive alcohol consumption has been shown to have broad ranging effects on the immune system and can reduce the body’s ability to fight against infections and increase your susceptibility to adverse immune-related effects, including pneumonia.

"Another factor is that alcohol has been shown to affect the structure and function of the gut barrier, which can have further negative effects on the immune function.

"To add to this, heavy drinking can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies; it increases loss of zinc and magnesium in urine and can deplete your B vitamin status.

"In the short term, alcohol reduces coordination, concentration and critical judgement, and nobody wants to work on a hangover, even from home.

"Alcohol is a depressant and regular, heavy drinking can influence pathways that affect our mood and mental health, contributing to an unhappy environment at home- even more important to avoid during lockdown."

Vitl recommend substituting cocktails for mocktails, by having a tonic without the gin, or replacing beer with kombucha tea, and suggest treating lockdown as an opportunity to be kind to the body, focusing on ways to increase the chance of fighting illnesses off.