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Alcohol Does Not Protect Against COVID-19

-Editorial

At times of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol consumption can exacerbate health vulnerability, risk-taking behaviors, mental health issues, and violence.

The World Health Organization said the alcohol does not protect from COVID-19 and encourages governments to limit its consumption.

Consuming alcohol will not destroy the virus, and its consumption is likely to increase health risks if a person becomes infected with COVID-19.

Alcohol (at a concentration of at least 60% by volume) works as a disinfectant on your skin, but it has no such effect within your system when ingested.

To slow down the spread of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends physical distancing of at least one meter from sick people as a protective measure. Bars, casinos, night clubs, restaurants and other places where people gather to consume alcohol (including in the home) increase the risk of transmission of the virus.

Physical distancing, therefore, reduces the availability of alcohol, so it presents a great opportunity to reduce your drinking and become healthier.

Alcohol use disorders are characterized by heavy alcohol use and loss of control over alcohol intake. Although they are among the most prevalent mental disorders globally, they are also among the most stigmatized.

WHO recommends staying sober so that you can remain vigilant, act quickly and make decisions with a clear head, for yourself and others in your family and community. If you drink, keep your drinking to a minimum and avoid getting intoxicated.

People with an alcohol use disorder are at greater risk of COVID-19 not only because of the impact of alcohol on their health but also because they are more likely to experience homelessness or incarceration than other members of the population. It is therefore essential, under the current conditions, that people who need help because of their alcohol use get all the support they need.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, countries have progressively introduced community-wide lockdowns and periods of quarantine for those who are suspected of having contracted the virus or have been in contact with someone infected by the virus. This means that an unprecedented number of people are now staying in their homes. It is important to understand that alcohol poses risks to health and safety and should, therefore, be avoided during periods of home isolation or quarantine.

“Alcohol is not a necessary part of your diet and should not be a priority on your shopping list. Avoid stockpiling alcohol at home, as this will potentially increase your alcohol consumption and the consumption of others in your household.” WHO stated.

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