If the warm-up turned into a bottle of wine instead of a glass, six packs of beer instead of a can and so on, this could exacerbate the effects of the ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19, American cardiologists say.
Using alcohol to cope with stress may seem like a good idea, but the data shows that Americans drink a lot more than usual, and this can lead to more health problems, the American Heart Association said in a statement.
This includes a violation of the immune system, a decrease in the body’s ability to fight infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Nielsen, a global marketing research firm, said alcohol sales rose 54% by the end of March compared to the same period in 2019. Online sales climbed nearly 500% in April.
Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of liver disease, obesity, breast cancer, depression, suicide, accidents, and a wide range of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and heart attack. Alcohol can also have harmful interactions with prescription drugs and lead to dehydration and poor sleep. It also affects brain functions such as memory, balance, and rational thinking. In addition, alcohol turns off vigilance, and people cease to be aware of social distance.