The Drunkards Association of Ghana has announced that the intake of alcohol would be suspended during this COVID-19 outbreak.
Their announcement is coming at the back of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) warning against excessive intake of alcohol during the lockdown.
There have been myths and conspiracy theories that taking excessive alcohol could prevent one from catching the virus. WHO however came out to debunk these claims saying the abuse of alcohol will rather weaken one’s immune system thus posing a high risk of contracting the deadly virus.
Speaking in an interview on Accra based Starr FM as monitored by TheGhanaReport.com, PRO of the Drunkards Association, Moses Onyah, said his group would take the advice from the WHO and reduce their consumption of the product.
“We will suspend drinking. We will not be drinking as much as we used to drink. Because, in a day, a normal consumer can take four or five bottles of beer a day. So in a case like this that there’s a directive from WHO to reduce or stop consumption, this is what we will be doing since those addicted cannot stop completely. We will advise that at least if they get half or a smaller bottle a day, it’s enough.
“But those who are not addicted can say for one month, we’re going to stop drinking,” he said.
He also called for more education on the myths associated with COVID-19 and alcohol. Mr. Onyah believed that would better enlighten members of the Drunkards Association on the dangers associated with excessive alcohol intake during the pandemic.