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News Release

"What's in your bottle?" campaign informs residents of cancer risks associated with alcohol use

WHITBY, ON April 05, 2017

This campaign will run throughout the month of April and will feature community advertisements, social media messages and information for local workplaces.  

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, only one-third of Ontario residents are aware that they can reduce their risk for cancer by reducing the amount of alcohol they drink. 

“People are surprised that as little as one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men can increase a person’s risk of developing seven different types of cancer,” said Ms. Arnott. “This includes cancers of the mouth, neck, throat, liver, colon, rectum and female breast cancer.” Ms. Arnott added that “it doesn’t matter whether a person drinks beer, wine or liquor—they all have the same risk for causing cancer. The Health Department is working to inform the public of the link between cancer and alcohol, so people can make an informed choice about their health.”

According to Cancer Care Ontario, Alcohol is classified as a Class 1 Carcinogen, similar to tobacco, formaldehyde and ultraviolet rays. If one chooses to drink alcohol, the Canadian Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for those who are concerned about their risk for cancer:

  • Less than one standard drink per day for women.
  • Less than two standard drinks per day for men.

The less you drink, the more you reduce your risk.

For more information on alcohol-related cancers or about the “What’s in your bottle?” campaign, call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, or visit

Media inquiries
The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Cameron McDonald - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 3094 or
If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact 1-866-853-1326.

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For more information, please contact Health Department.