Coronavirus: warn of the danger of consuming alcohol

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned about alcohol consumption amid the health crisis caused by the coronavirus and denied that it serves to prevent the disease, a rumor that has spread in different countries causing massive poisonings and hundreds of deaths. .

The most serious situation has occurred in Iran, where more than 1,000 people were poisoned after drinking industrial alcohol and about 200 of whom died for believing that they would avoid getting the virus, false information they had seen on social media.

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Twenty people also died in similar circumstances in Turkey and another 17 in a remote region of Peru, where funeral attendees drank adulterated liquor believing they were thus protecting themselves from the coronavirus, a falsehood that had also reached their ears.

"Fear and misinformation have generated the dangerous myth that consuming high-grade alcohol can kill COVID-19, which is not true," the WHO said. He explained that the consumption of any type of alcohol represents a health risk, but that if it is ethanol, particularly if it has been adulterated with methanol, then the health consequence can be very serious and can lead to death.

Beyond adulterated alcohol, the WHO recalled that the consumption of this product is associated with a wide range of chronic diseases and mental disorders. It also compromises the immune system, which is the one that is called to react to the virus if it enters the body. Therefore, experts believe that people should reduce alcohol intake totally or to a minimum, particularly in this period of pandemic.

A third warning related to alcohol reminds that its consumption increases the risk of domestic violence at times when tempers can be easily exacerbated by the confinement in which billions of people are in the world, as a measure to stop transmission of the coronavirus.

"Alcohol is a psychoactive substance associated with mental disorders. People at risk or with consumption problems are very vulnerable, especially when isolated," recalled the WHO.

The organization is in favor of governments considering limiting populations' access to alcohol, especially for the duration of the quarantine measures.

Source: EFE