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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."

Canada's response? Absolutely not.

Canadians have given up international travel, Canada Day, and even hockey during the pandemic, but abstaining from alcohol is the hill that we're willing to die on.

Even if alcohol does make you more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, Canadians are willing to take the risk.

Particularly because alcohol is keeping many Canadians sane right now.

And really, it's keeping Canadians active.

Plus, Quebec Premier François Legault even recommended a glass of wine to cope with stress, so it's basically government-approved.

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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Mitchel Lensink

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