Ingesting booze may put individuals at elevated risk for coming down with the coronavirus, the World Well being Group warned.
The consumption of alcohol has confirmed to weaken the physique’s immune system and may make drinkers extra more likely to interact in different dangerous behaviors that might heighten their possibilities of catching the virus, in accordance with a brand new report launched Tuesday.
“Alcohol compromises the physique’s immune system and will increase the risk of antagonistic well being outcomes,” the WHO’s regional workplace for Europe stated. “Due to this fact, individuals ought to decrease their alcohol consumption at any time, and significantly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The group known as for measures to restrict the quantity of alcohol that may be consumed throughout lockdowns.
“In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must always actually ask ourselves what dangers we’re taking in leaving individuals beneath lockdown of their houses with a substance that’s dangerous each in phrases of their well being and the consequences of their habits on others, together with violence,” stated Carina Ferreira-Borges, who helps run the workplace’s Alcohol and Illicit Medication Program.
The WHO additionally debunked the parable that ingesting alcohol can kill the harmful virus, which has unfold to greater than 2 million individuals worldwide.
“Concern and misinformation have generated a harmful fable that consuming high-strength alcohol can kill the COVID-19 virus,” the WHO stated, including that high-strength substances, equivalent to ethyl alcohol, “may end up in extreme well being penalties, together with dying.”