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WHO says government should crack down on alcohol consumption during pandemic

The World Health Organization is working to crack down on alcohol.

Online the WHO said alcohol is known to be harmful to health in general. And they are thereby encouraging governments to enforce alcohol measures which limit consumption.

Drinking alcohol can also make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19 because it compromises the body’s immune system.

“Alcohol is consumed in excessive quantities in the European Region, and leaves too many victims. 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 behaviour on others, including violence,” says Carina Ferreira-Borges, Programme Manager, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs Programme, WHO/Europe.

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.

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



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