The World Health Organization warns alcohol consumers to limit their consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic as it may increase the risk, health vulnerability and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. According to the recent report of the WHO, Alcohol consumption compromises the immune system and enhances the risk of adverse effects on health.
It recommended people to minimize their consumption, especially during the novel coronavirus crisis. The organization warns not to believe the myths that drinking alcohol may protect them from the virus, instead, drinking can make them more vulnerable.
Carina Ferreira Borges, the WHO EURO’s Programme Manager for Alcohol and Illicit Drug, said high alcohol consumption may risk many victims in Europe. She said that during the coronavirus pandemic, we should look at the risk that we are taking in leave people in their homes under this lockdown with the substance which is harmful not only for their health but also for others as the effects of theirs behaviors also including violence.
The guidelines by the Chief Medical Officers state that both males and females shouldn’t drink more than 14 units in a week. According to Drinkaware, the leading charity, one unit contains 10ml of pure alcohol which means 14 units are equal to six medium-sized wine glasses or six pints of average strength beer. France’s interior ministry revealed that in the first two of the lockdown, domestic violence reports have jumped to more than 30 percent.
In the United Kingdom, the National Domestic Abuse helpline has increased by 25 percent in online requests and calls for help. According to the latest report, alcohol consumption is responsible for almost three million fatalities around the world, with the third of those fatalities in the European Region.
The WHO said that misinformation and fear have generated a myth that consumption of string alcohol may kill the novel coronavirus. Consumption of any kind of alcohol has health risks but high-strength ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and especially its adulteration with methanol results in severe complicated consequences and also can cause death.
American are stocking up alcohols as it sales at the grocery and liquor stores increased by 22% compared to the last years, according to the compiled data. According to Rabobank, a financial services company, the majority of Americans are drinking alcohol at home as the market for on-site drinking and dining stands to miss out on 15 billion dollars in alcohol sales over the two months.
As people around the world stay at homes under lockdown to control COVID-19 spread, there have been several reports of domestic violence. The U.S. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres warned the world that there will be a global surge in horrifying domestic violence.
He added that socioeconomic stress of this pandemic, as well as the measures and restrictions, have contributed to the surge in domestic abuse. The push to minimize alcohol usage comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases is soaring in the United States and it is more than 674,640 and it has killed nearly 34,522 Americans.
Carina advised people to stay sober so they can be vigilant and can make quick decisions with a clear mind for themselves and their family members and communities. She also shared some tips for following the WHO’s advice.
The helpful tips include;
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Avoid its use for dealing with stress and emotions
- Don’t mix it with medications
- Reach out for help if needed.
The WHO also said that 5G networks can’t spread the novel coronavirus and taking a hot bath can prevent you from catching COVID-19.