Ad

Fact Check: Consuming alcoholic beverage reduces risk of COVID-19

Published on:

Interview with Dr. P. Rammanohar, Research Director, Amrita School of Ayurveda

From the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Government has pushed Ayurveda as an immunity booster. But, is that all Ayurveda has to offer? Dr. P. Rammanohar, Research Director, Amrita School of Ayurveda talks to THIP Media explaining the process of collecting scientific evidence for Ayurveda and its relevance and efficacy in times of a pandemic, especially in India.

Interview with Prof. Asim Ali Khan, Director General, CCRUM

A medicinal practice that claims to be holistic in nature and is based on the adaptation of the human body to the...

Interview with Prof. Dr. K. Kanakavalli, Director General, CCRS

Nearly 8,000 Covid patients cured through Siddha medicine in Tamil Nadu - the recent headline in a recent newspaper probably needs a...

Interview with Dr.Anil Khurana, Director General, CCRH

Despite opposition from many quarters, Homeopathy as a medicinal practice has not only survived in India but flourished on the basis of...

Fact Check: Egg and Banana together is harmful

A social media post claims that consuming Egg and Banana together is harmful. We did a fact check on the same and found out that the claim is false.

Quick Take

One more post about consuming alcohol helps reduce risk of COVID-19 has been posted on Facebook by multiple users. We Fact Check the same and found it to be false.

The Claim

A facebook post has come up again about drinking alcohol can prevent COVID-19. This time many of such posts are claiming that it is as per a research report of Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

You can see the archived version of one such post here and the snapshot is given below:

Fact Check

Was this a press note from Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City?

No. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City has already clarified that the post is fake and is wrongly attributed to them. On their official Facebook page they say – “False reports are circulating that say drinking alcohol can reduce the risk of COVID-19. THIS IS NOT TRUE.”

False reports are circulating that say drinking alcohol can reduce the risk of COVID-19. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Saint…

Posted by Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City on Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Will consuming alcohol reduce risk of infection from novel Coronavirus?

No. Alcohol kills viruses by destroying their protein layer. But that happens only when the alcohol concentration is over 70%. For example, hand sanitizers often have alcohol concentration over 90% and are effective against viruses including Coronavirus. But alcohol used for consumption i.e. alcohol concentration in any hard drink (beer, whishky, vodka, wine, gin, rum etc.) is mostly lower than 40%. Consuming alcohol concentration over 70% will do serious harm to your body including your brain.

We have done a detailed Fact Check on this topic earlier. You can read it here:

If alcohol kills Coronavirus, it will be party time for many. But is it true?
Is Vodka most recommended alcohol for cleaning and sanitizing?

Vodka (usually around 40% concentration of alcohol) is a hard drink meant for consumption. It is not recommended as a disinfectant. As mentioned above, 40% alcohol content will usually not be able to kill any viruses.

Generally, there are two types of alcohol used for sanitizing and cleaning purposes – Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and Ethyl alcohol (ETOH or ethanol). They are seldom registered as disinfectants as they evaporate too fast, but are effective against many organisms. They need to be blended with water to make them most effective, typically to a level of 70% alcohol, where they are most effective against viruses.

REPEAT NOTE: Consumption of any types of alcohol is harmful to your body. Consumption of alcohol, other than that is meant for drinking, where alcohol content is higher (eg. cleaning alcohol, sanitizers etc.) can be fatal to your body including your brain.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

2,683FansLike
667FollowersFollow
250SubscribersSubscribe

Read More

Fact Check: Egg and Banana together is harmful

A social media post claims that consuming Egg and Banana together is harmful. We did a fact check on the same and found out that the claim is false.

Fact-Checking Alzeihmer test: Where is the Camel in the picture?

Despite being written off by Fact checkers multiple times, this test continues to exist in social media, forums and YouTube videos. It is a human face created by placing photos of various animals. The claim is that if one manages to find the image of the camel among all other animals, then he can be assured of not having Alzheimer disease. We mark this as False.

Fact Check: The hottest keyword of the season ‘Immunity Booster’

The pandemic has given rise to a popular keyword called 'immunity booster'. From alternative medicine brands to FMCG companies have started attaching the term to their product. We do a consolidated fact check on all these advertisement and product claims by fact checking the keyword 'immunity booster'. Our investigation reveals that most of these claims are half true.

Japanese Moon Melon: The Blue Watermelon that doesn’t exist

A fake image has been doing rounds on multiple platforms in internet. The image shows photo of a blue water melon and claims that it is Moon Melon - a melon breed that is cultivated in Japan. The image has been shared on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp since 2014 and has been fact checked a number of times. We found out that the message is False.

Indian student Ramu has NOT invented COVID cure with black pepper, ginger, and honey

A Facebook post claims that an Indian student named Ramu who studies at Pondicherry University has found a cure for COVID-19. The post further claims that the cure has been accepted by WHO. We investigated and found that the claim is False.

Fact Check: COVID means ‘Certificate Of Identification Of Vaccination With Artificial Intelligence’?

A Twitter post has claimed that the full form of COVID is ‘Certificate Of Identification Of Vaccination With Artificial Intelligence’. This is a False claim. Know how viruses are named by WHO

THE HEALTHY INDIAN PROJECT'S E-MAGAZINE:

INDIA'S TRYST WITH ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES DURING COVID-19

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

× Want us to verify the truth of a health fact?