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Alcohol and COVID-19

General myths about Alcohol and COVID-19

Myth– Consuming alcohol destroys the virus that causes COVID-19.

Fact- Consuming alcohol will not destroy the virus, and its consumption is likely to increase the health risks if a person becomes infected with the virus. Alcohol (at a concentration of at least 60% by volume) works as a
disinfectant on your skin, but it has no such effect within your system when ingested.

Myth– Drinking strong alcohol kills the virus in the inhaled air.
Fact- Consumption of alcohol will not kill the virus in the inhaled air; it will not
disinfect your mouth and throat; and it will not give you any kind of protection
against COVID-19.

Myth– Alcohol (beer, wine, distilled spirits or herbal alcohol) stimulates immunity and resistance to the virus.
Fact- Alcohol has a deleterious effect on your immune system and will not stimulate immunity and virus resistance.

Alcohol use disorders and COVID-19

Alcohol use disorders are characterized by heavy alcohol use and loss of control over alcohol intake. Although they are among the most prevalent mental disorders globally, they are also among the most stigmatized.
People with an alcohol use disorder are at greater risk of COVID-19 not only because of the impact of alcohol on their health but also because they are more likely to experience homelessness or incarceration than other members of the population. It is therefore essential, under the current conditions, that people who need help because of their alcohol use get all the support they need

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