It’s bad news for boozers. The World Health Organization has debunked the myth that drinking alcohol can kill the dangerous virus as many assumed.
Instead, drinking alcohol can increase your chances of getting infected by Coronavirus, the health body warned early this week.
It said the consumption of alcohol has proven to instead weaken the body’s immune system and can make drinkers more likely to engage in other risky behaviors that could heighten their chances of catching the virus.
“Alcohol compromises the body’s immune system and increases the risk of adverse health outcomes,” WHO’s regional office for Europe said.
“Therefore, people should minimize their alcohol consumption at any time, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The group has asked individuals to limit the amount of alcohol consumed during lockdowns.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we should really ask ourselves what risks we are taking in leaving people under lockdown in their homes with a substance that is harmful both in terms of their health and the effects of their behavior on others, including violence,” said Carina Ferreira-Borges. Carina runs the WHO’s Alcohol and Illicit Drugs Program.
“It is a dangerous myth that consuming high-strength alcohol can kill the Covid-19 virus,” she said, adding that high-strength substances, such as ethyl alcohol can result in severe health consequences, including death.