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CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 04: A worker cleans the bar in the Borough pub on December 4, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Just as bars and restaurants across America have suffered during the pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions, so have pubs in Great Britain. People of legal drinking age in the U.K. are now being asked to do their part in supporting their local pub’s recovery efforts. And by “do their part,” they mean buying lots of pints of lager, ale, porter, and stout.

A campaign called “Your Local Pub Needs You” is in full gear in Britain, according to the Evening Standard. Organizers say 40,000 local pubs need support, so they’re asking everyone to chug down 124 pints of beer or 122 glasses of wine. Because it has to be explained, supporters are told to drink that amount over a period of time.

The initiative also gives non-drinkers a way to help the cause. Organizers suggest that people wishing to skip the alcohol can eat 976 packets of crisps (potato chips) or 40 roast dinners (beef, potatoes, carrots) at the pub. Again, not all in one sitting.

Coronavirus restrictions aren’t expected to lift in the U.K. until late June. While things have opened up considerably here in the states, the food and beverage industry is still trying to recover. Some ways we can help is to get back to dining out. However, if you’re not comfortable doing that yet, order take-out or delivery. And, please, always tip generously.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: People are seen drinking inside a pub on March 20, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)