World Health Organization Urging Governments To Put Limits On Alcohol Consumption During Coronavirus Pandemic

Saying that alcohol heightens risk of contracting the virus

April 16, 2020

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The World Health Organization is encouraging governments around the world to enforce limits on alcohol consumption amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They say that alcohol consumption can exacerbate an individual's vulnerability to the disease and can lead to an increase in risk-taking behaviors, mental health issues & violence.

In the U.S. alcohol consumption is way up since shelter in place orders began in mid-March and Bay Area residents were drinking 42% more than before.

California's Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control has continued to ease restrictions on ways to get alcohol in order to help bars & restaurants stay afloat, but the WHO says relaxing of regulations should be avoided.