The WHO warning
The World Health Organization recommends limiting alcohol consumption during the pandemic of the new coronavirus, noting that it can make the body more vulnerable, cause risk behaviors, mental health problems and trigger violent behaviors.
At a time when COVID-19 is galloping around the world causing millions of victims and many are looking for “magic recipes” to fight it, WHO warns against not believing in the myth that alcohol consumption can provide protection against deadly coronavirus, as it can to make us more vulnerable. “Alcohol endangers the body’s immune system and increases the risk of unwanted health problems. Therefore, its consumption should be limited in general and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic “, it is pointed out in its relevant report.
The head of the WHO’s Alcohol and Illegal Substances Program in Europe, Karina Ferreira Borges, notes that the increased consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Old Continent increases the risk of “too many victims”. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ask ourselves what risks we take by leaving people at home confined to a substance that is harmful to both their health and the impact of their behavior on others, including violence,” he adds.
— Carina Ferreira-Borges (@DrCarina_FB) April 14, 2020
The British authorities’ instructions to men and women emphasize that alcohol consumption should not exceed 140 ml per week, ie about six moderate glasses of wine or three liters of beer. Alcohol is responsible for about three million deaths worldwide each year, a third of them in Europe, according to the report.
“Fear and misinformation have created a dangerous myth that consuming high-alcohol beverages can kill the COVID-19 coronavirus. This is not the case. “Alcohol consumption endangers the health, and the consumption of ethyl alcohol (ethanol), especially if it has been adulterated with methanol, can have serious health consequences, including death,” the WHO said in a statement, in Iran.
“Stay away from alcohol to stay alert, act fast and make clear decisions about yourself and others in your families and communities,” Carina Ferreira Borges said in a Twitter post. And give some advice based on WHO recommendations:
- Avoid alcohol in general
- Don’t resort to alcohol to deal with stress or an emotional charge
- Never mix alcohol with drugs
- Avoid using alcohol as a substitute for smoking
- And most importantly: ask for help when needed