Coronavirus: WHO warns against alcohol addiction during home lockdown

The World Health Organization has warned people to avoid turning to alcohol consumption over boredom as lock-down is enforced over coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Aiysha Malik, a technical officer at WHO Europe’s mental health and substance abuse department said, people that many turn to alcohol in times of crisis, hoping it could help them pass time and reduce their stress or boredom.

The warning which says alcohol can make things worse comes after major countries added alcoholic stores to the list of stores (food, beverages,drugs) allowed to stay open during the lockdown.

Malik said;

“It’s important that the government, alcohol producers and retailers keep reminding us that it’s best to stick to 14 units a week or less,” Dr. Malik told the Independent

“With routines out of the window, we might well find ourselves reaching for a drink more often.”

James Morris of South Bank London University’s center for addictive behaviors, excess alcohol consumption said;

“Predicting the longer-term behavioral impact is however particularly difficult,” “Perhaps for some, home drinking may become more embedded, potentially exacerbated by the further closure of already struggling pubs and bars.”

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