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Dr. Tony Holohan denies NPHET has an ‘anti-alcohol’ stance

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan has denied that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has an ‘anti-alcohol’ stance.

On Thursday’s NPHET briefing, Holohan was questioned on the advice to delay the reopening of indoor dining.

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The CMO was asked if he believed it was fair that some in the hospitality sector have suggested NPHET has an ‘anti-alcohol’ stance.

“No, I don’t. Look, we stick to the evidence in relation to Corona… When we make a recommendation around restriction of a given activity, it’s not a value judgement on that activity,” Holohan replied.

“It’s simply a measure of how likely that form of activity is to contribute to transmission. The reality is that the use of alcohol, particularly in indoors, is associated with coming close together – close personal contact.”

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“There’s no value judgement. Whether we’re talking about communions or confirmations or pubs or particular workplaces or any other activity, it’s simply a measure of how likely it is that people are to come together and stay close together in sufficient close contact to facilitate this virus transmitting,” Holohan added.

“The reality is that alcohol use is associated with activity that is risky in terms of transmission.”

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