The World Health Organization wants people to restrict alcohol consumption but Canadians aren't having it
The World Health Organization (WHO) wants people to restrict alcohol consumption.
On Tuesday, WHO released a statement encouraging governments to "enforce measures which limit alcohol consumption."
"At times of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol consumption can exacerbate health vulnerability, risk-taking behaviours, mental health issues and violence," the statement reads.
WHO said that people should generally minimize their alcohol consumption, but "particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Here are some @WHO recommendations to stay #HealthyAtHome (1):— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 16, 2020
1. Eat a healthy & nutritious diet
2. Limit your alcohol consumption & avoid sugary drinks
3. Don’t smoke. Smoking can increase your risk of developing severe disease if you become infected with #COVID19
Canada's response? Absolutely not.
Okay, now the virus has gone too far.— Cam "Clean Hands" Kay (@canmore2018) April 17, 2020
Even if alcohol does make you more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, Canadians are willing to take the risk.
I’ll take my chances!! 🍷— JenSee14 (@Jenseeley1) April 17, 2020
Particularly because alcohol is keeping many Canadians sane right now.
I'm drinking more in an effort to keep the people around me healthy and alive... its working ok so far— 🇨🇦 🌱Ms Stacey Lace🌿 🇨🇦 (@msstaceylace) April 17, 2020
And really, it's keeping Canadians active.
Going to the liquor store is how I get my steps in each day— Derek Arthur (@thecuda81) April 17, 2020
Plus, Quebec Premier François Legault even recommended a glass of wine to cope with stress, so it's basically government-approved.
Francois Legault just recommended that we drink wine and I’m here for that kind of leadership— zander (@zanmannnn) March 25, 2020
On a more serious note, Canadian liquor stores will remain open during the pandemic because cutting off alcohol supply can be "potentially catastrophic" for those that depend on it.
Ending the supply abruptly could lead to further pressure on Canada's healthcare system, which is already strained.
Provincial governments in Canada currently consider liquor an essential service.
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