Enjoying a few drinks or glasses of wine to help get you through the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic might not be the best choice, and The Doctors share information from the World Health Organization that could make you rethink your next Zoom happy hour.
While drinking might seem like a good way to cope with the stress of a pandemic and having to shelter in place, the WHO warns, "Alcohol use, especially heavy use, weakens the immune system and thus reduces the ability to cope with infectious diseases... alcohol has a deleterious effect on your immune system and will not stimulate immunity and virus resistance."
The World Health Organization suggests the following approach to alcohol and COVID-19:
- Avoid alcohol in order to not undermine your immune system and health and do not risk the health of others
- Remaining sober will help you make better decisions and think clearly during stressful situations
- If you do drink, use moderation and avoid getting drunk
- Do not drink especially if it leads to smoking, as smoking has been associated with complications and the dangerous progression of COVID-19
- Never drink while taking medications
Some things to consider regarding alcohol and being quarantined, according to WHO:
- If you are working remotely, the same rules about drinking on the job, also apply to working from home
- Alcohol should not be a necessity on your shopping list, they also warn against stockpiling alcohol
- Despite the common theory that it helps someone cope, WHO notes that drinking can "increase the symptoms of panic and anxiety disorders, depression and other mental disorders, and increase the risk of family and domestic violence"
- They also warn that "isolation and drinking may also increase the risk of suicide, so reducing your alcohol consumption is very important"
- Drinking can also lead to more incidents of domestic violence
Instead of drinking, The Doctors suggest exercise, cooking or baking, cleaning or organizing your home, reaching out to loved ones, going outside while social distancing, enjoying an activity or hobby, watching TV or a movie, playing a game, meditating, taking a power nap, or learning a new skill. These are just a few of the many healthier alternatives to drinking in excess while sheltering in place.
Learn about even more helpful resources, tips, advice and news on coronavirus/COVID-19 from The Doctors including tips for individuals who are sober.
*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.