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Can Drinking Alcohol Really Eliminate Germs?

If you plan on spending the weekend “killing the coronavirus” by downing a six-pack of beer, we have some bad news for you: it won’t. Oh, you’ll also get a bigger belly.

Can Drinking Alcohol Kill COVID-19?

Drink alcohol and you’ll be able to kill the coronavirus inside your body therefore keeping you safe from COVID-19.

The logic sure is simple and straightforward. These days, one of our best weapons against the pandemic is alcohol, which we are advised to use as much as possible on our hands after going outside or touching different surfaces. In fact, this should be a standard practice all year round, and not just when a pandemic is threatening our country, but hey, progress is progress.

Getting back to the topic, by the same logic, then the alcohol that we drink should also “kill” the coronavirus when it enters our system, right? Hate to burst your bubble, but no, it won’t. This is because alcohol performs differently when it’s inside your body. But for all of you beer-lovers out there, that’s actually a good thing.

Chemically speaking, alcohol comes in three types: isopropyl, ethyl and methyl. Of course, all kill germs by breaking down their cell membrane and collapsing their structure.

Usually, hand alcohol and sanitizers use isopropyl and ethyl, which coincidentally, are also the same type of alcohol found in beer and other drinkable spirits. However, consuming it pushes your digestive system to break down its components quickly, making it hard for them to kill any bacteria, let alone something as deadly as COVID-19. This is a good thing because your body also contains good bacteria and alcohol doesn’t really ask any questions before it kills bacteria.

However, this doesn’t mean that you can drink as much booze as you want since it can irritate your gut, overwork your liver and destroy brain tissue.

So no, alcohol won’t kill COVID-19, but overdrinking can. So maybe tone the drinking down a little bit and wash your hands properly. Soap can kill COVID-19, and you don’t have to drink it (also, please don’t).

Alcohol and COVID-19 The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on government leaders to enforce regulations to limit alcohol consumptions during the COVID-19 pandemic is heavy drinking could put more people at risk of contracting the coronavirus and having serious complications. Pixabay

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