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Alcohol and Your Health

Drinking alcohol raises your risk for developing cancer, heart disease and stroke.  The more you drink the greater your risk!

Alcohol and Cancer

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Having as little as one drink a day on average can increase the risk for developing cancer of the:

If you choose to drink alcohol and want to reduce your risk of cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) recommends:

Alcohol Increases your Risk of Cancer

Alcohol is classified as a “carcinogen” to humans, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

IARC defines a carcinogen as an agent (e.g. chemical) that can increase the risk of cancer. A chemical is only ranked as a carcinogen when there is plenty of evidence in science studies, to show the chemical is able to cause or increase the rate of cancer.

Other carcinogens that are in the same risk category as alcohol are:

Exposure to carcinogens, including drinking alcoholic beverages, increases the risk of getting cancer. Drinking alcohol increases your risk for cancer of the mouth, neck, throat, liver, breast, colon, and rectum. Remember, it doesn’t matter what type of alcohol you drink- beer, liquor, or wine - alcohol is alcohol.

It is beneficial to your health to have non-drinking days.

Alcohol and Your Heart

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Alcohol, especially red wine, has been promoted to be good for your heart. 
But it’s not so simple. Did you know that:

Heavy drinking means:

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To reduce your risks from alcohol:

Your current health, and your family health history can also impact your risks for getting heart disease and cancer.  Speak to your healthcare provider about your personal risks from drinking alcohol.