Small amounts of alcoholic beverages now and then can be broken down by the liver. However, long-term, too much alcohol damages not only the liver, but also the brain.
A sharp rise in taxes on alcoholic drinks has prompted Turks to turn to counterfeit beverages or brew their own in unsanitary conditions. Critics have accused the government of trying to ban alcohol altogether.
The ban was put in place to prevent "replacement parties" for the event. This year marks the first cancellation of the world-famous folk festival since World War II.
Munich will partially ban alcohol if coronavirus cases reach a certain threshold. The rule comes amid an uptick in infections in the city, often dubbed Germany's beer capital.
The pandemic has been brutal for the world’s pubs, which were shut quickly due to social distancing. This has been particularly painful in Ireland, where they are critical to the country’s economic and social life.
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