Don't drink alcohol if you want to cut your COVID-19 risk

The study will enrol any patients who are COVID-19 positive and have a compromised immune system from a certain treatment or pre-existing condition

Don't drink alcohol if you want to cut your COVID-19 risk

The WHO says there should be rules restricting access to alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic and any relaxation of regulations or their enforcement should be avoided.

"Alcohol misuse is one of the leading causes of preventable mortality, contributing annually to about three million deaths worldwide".

Per the most recent set of facts listed by World Health Organization in their official "Alcohol and COVID-19: what you need to know" fact packet, alcohol not only does NOT fight COVID-19, it makes users more vulnerable to possible infection. Alcohol has been connected with mental health disorders and other diseases which can make a person more likely to get this virus. Lockdown can bring a lot of stress which might make people consume a lot more alcohol.

"Avoid alcohol altogether so that you do not undermine your own immune system and health and do not risk the health of others", WHO said in its fact sheet.

The organization also stated that the idea of consuming high-strength alcohol killing COVID-19 is a myth; drinking alcohol does not kill the virus.

Online the WHO said alcohol is known to be harmful to health in general.

In a statement posted to the website of the European branch of the WHO on Tuesday, the organization warned governments that existing restrictions on the availability of alcoholic beverages "should be upheld and even reinforced" in countries that have enacted lockdown-like measures.

James Clay, a PhD candidate who is administering the survey, said: "In the first week that the survey has been up and running, people have signed up from across the world, including the UK, USA, Australia and mainland Europe". While alcohol acts as a disinfectant on certain surfaces, excessive consumption reduces body immunity.

New York State deemed liquor stores an essential service, which prompted them to remain open throughout the pandemic.

Seventy per cent of people are drinking more than normal and one third are consuming alcohol every day, new statistics reveal.

Dr Matt Parker from the University of Portsmouth said: "The potential public health effects of long-term isolation on alcohol use and misuse are unknown".

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