In fact, it can be deadly. In Iran, for example, 44 people died after drinking bootleg alcohol that was too strong. The alcohol was concocted after rumors spread it would kill the coronavirus.
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WHO notes that alcohol consumption also increases risky behavior.
“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,” said Carina Ferreira-Borges, who is manager of the alcohol and illicit drugs program for WHO/Europe.
WHO even suggests restricting access to alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic.
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