Okay, we had to let this news sink in first. If the WHO has it, women between the ages of 15 and 50 should be banned from consuming alcohol, according to a draft. This idea has long been off the table, but the outrage surrounding this proposal is still great.
Why is it banned only for women?
Around three million people die each year as a result of alcohol consumption, and the number of menstruating women is significantly less present. Worldwide, 283 million people live with an alcohol use disorder, 237 million men and 46 percent women. However, the concern only appears to be in women, although alcohol, for example, affects sperm quality.
The WHO recommendation thus creates inequality and injustice and would deprive women of the right to self-determination. Maybe not every woman wants to be a mother? Just because we were born with a womb does not mean that we have an obligation to have a child. We cannot say with any certainty whether there were any women among the people who worked out this draft. Probably not.
An attack on hard-won women's rights
We do not allow ourselves to be reduced to our ability to reproduce, because then we may soon be banned from driving too - an equally great risk for our reproduction. Matt Lambert, CEO of Portman Group, the UK alcohol regulator says:
The WHO draft is not only sexist, paternalistic, and potentially restricting the freedoms of most women, it goes well beyond their remit and is not scientifically rooted. It is wrong to create fear in this irresponsible way and to associate the alcohol-related risks of women with those of children and pregnant women.
Let's have another drink on that.
Sources used: stern.de, mdr.de