WHO thinks alcohol is an ‘unhelpful coping strategy’ for coronavirus cabin fever
By Amanda Woods
March 27, 2020
A World Health Organization official is urging people to lay off the booze – calling it an “unhelpful coping strategy” for cabin fever during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to a new report.
Dr. Aiysha Malik, a technical officer at WHO Europe’s mental health and substance abuse department, acknowledged that many turn to alcohol in times of crisis, according to the Independent.
But turning to the bottle during these times “can make things worse,” Malik cautioned.
“It’s important that the government, alcohol producers and retailers keep reminding us that it’s best to stick to 14 units a week or less,” Malik told the outlet. “With routines out of the window, we might well find ourselves reaching for a drink more often.”
The warning came a day after the UK added liquor stores to the list of “essential businesses” allowed to stay open during lockdown – as they are designated in the Big Apple and some other US cities.
Logically, alcohol only being available for home consumption could lead to an increase in domestic violence and foster dependence, James Morris of South Bank London University’s center for addictive behaviors research told the outlet.
“Predicting the longer-term behavioral impact is however particularly difficult,” he said. “Perhaps for some, home drinking may become more embedded, potentially exacerbated by the further closure of already struggling pubs and bars.”