WHO Says Limit Alcohol Consumption During Pandemic
Next thing you know, they'll tell us to eat vegetables.
CNBC (“Drinking alcohol can make the coronavirus worse, the WHO says in recommending restricting access“):
Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of catching Covid-19 and make it worse if you do get it, the World Health Organization said, recommending that government leaders around the world limit access to alcohol during coronavirus lockdowns.
“Alcohol compromises the body’s immune system and increases the risk of adverse health outcomes,” the WHO’s regional office for Europe said on its site late Tuesday, citing heavy alcohol use throughout the continent.
Alcohol consumption is associated with a number of communicable and noncommunicable diseases that can make a person more vulnerable to contracting Covid-19. It can also exacerbate mental health issues and risk-taking behavior and stoke violence, especially in countries that have implemented social distancing measures that largely keep the population quarantined in their homes.
Between cozying up to the Chinese and now this, I’m starting to get behind President Trump’s decision to defund these yahoos.
The WHO also published a fact sheet dispelling the “dangerous myth that consuming high-strength alcohol can kill” the coronavirus.
“It does not,” the WHO said, adding that it could result in serious health issues, including death, especially if it’s adulterated with methanol. About 3 million deaths a year are attributable to alcohol without a pandemic driving up consumption.
I don’t know who’s adulterating their hooch with methanol but I agree they should stop doing that.
“Therefore, people should minimize their alcohol consumption at any time, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the office said.
I just don’t know about these guys.
Thankfully, my fellow Americans are not listening:
Americans are nonetheless stocking up. Alcohol sales at U.S. liquor and grocery stores were up 22% for the week ending March 28 compared with the same time last year, according to data compiled by Nielsen. And more Americans are drinking at home, according to financial services company Rabobank, as the market for on-site dining and drinking stands to miss out on $15 billion in alcohol sales over the next two months.
We really owe it to the liquor industry to support them during this critical time.
In the immortal words of Willie Nelson, there are more old drunks than there are old doctors.