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Alcohol is a risk factor for some cancers – reduce risk by sticking to your limits

alcohol_unitsAlcohol consumption is considered a risk factor for some types of cancer, and that limiting alcohol intake could reduce the risk?

Alcohol can increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx (voicebox), throat, oesophagus (foodpipe), breast, liver and bowel.

The Cancer Research UK website provides a good overview of the research in this 2010 post, Alcohol Ireland also offers some sobering information about alcohol and cancer and the Irish Cancer Society offers some advice on how to limit your intake.

To reduce your risk of cancer, simply limit your intake. For men, that means no more than two standard drinks per day. For women, that means one standard drink per day.

A standard drink is:

  • ½ pint of beer, lager, cider or stout
  • 1 measure of spirits
  • 125 milliletres of wine (small glass)

Drinking more slowly is another way to limit your intake. Some tips for slower drinking are:

  • Drink from a smaller glass instead of a pint; get a single instead of a double
  • Put your glass down between sips
  • Keep busy: play pool, dance or chat
  • Try alcohol-free beers, lagers and cocktails
  • Eat before and while you drink
  • Avoid rounds

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About Paul Hooper, WCC (586 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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