Alcohol doesn’t protect against COVID-19 and may actually increase your risk of getting it.
A reminder has been issued by the World Health Organization’s regional office in Europe. The reminder is that drinking alcohol won’t protect you against the coronavirus. In fact, it can increase your risk of getting the coronavirus. Now that most of the world has gone into self-isolation, the WHO in Europe is encouraging limited access to alcohol and a reduction in alcohol consumption. This may just help to reduce alcohol-related deaths and other health issues associated with drinking more alcohol.
More than 3 million people die every year with issues associated with alcohol according to WHO/Europe. The program manager of alcohol and illicit drugs with the WHO Europe, Carina Ferreira-Borges said, “Alcohol is consumed in excessive quantities in the European Region, and leaves too many victims.”
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we should really ask ourselves what risks we are taking in leaving people under lockdown in their homes with a substance that is harmful both in terms of their health and the effects of their behavior on others, including violence,” she said.
Further explanation from the organization said that alcohol compromises the immune system and increases the possibility of risk-taking behavior. Overconsumption can also have serious consequences, including death. Liquor stores are considered to be an essential business during the shelter in place orders, so those who have alcohol-related problems or are at risk are especially vulnerable. It also includes those who live with anyone in that group.
WHO/Europe also says that if alcohol sales aren’t restricted, then “any relaxation of regulations or their enforcement should be avoided” and the public should be made aware of the risks of alcohol consumption during this time. More information can be found on their website.