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Alcohol in self-quarantine

WHO issued guidelines for individuals and families for whom self-quarantine and isolation has been recommended or required. It has useful set of guidelines regarding alcohol that could potentially apply to majority of Europe’s population in the lockdown.

Avoid alcohol or at least reduce your alcohol consumption  

Alcohol is not only a mind-altering and dependence-producing substance, harmful at any level consumed, but it also weakens the immune system. Thus, alcohol use and especially heavy use undermines your body’s ability to cope with infectious disease, including COVID-19.

It is recommended that alcohol in general be avoided, but especially when in self-quarantine. As a psychoactive substance, alcohol also affects your mental state and decision-making and makes you more vulnerable to risks, such as falls, injuries, or violence when under quarantine with someone else.

Alcohol consumption is also known to increase symptoms of depression, anxiety, fear and panic – symptoms that can intensify during isolation and self-quarantine. Consuming alcohol is not a good coping mechanism, neither in the short nor long term, although you might think that it will help you deal with stress.Alcohol also makes certain medications less effective, while increasing the potency and toxicity of others.

Do not consume alcohol in combination with pain medication, as alcohol will interfere with your liver functions and might cause serious problems, including liver failure. Under no circumstances should you consume any type of alcoholic products as a preventive or treatment measure against COVID-19.

Alcohol is not a necessary part of your diet and not part of a healthy lifestyle and should therefore not be on your shopping list.

For full version of the guidelines

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