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Women & Alcohol

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The effects of alcohol occur more quickly, last longer and cause more physical harm than for men.

Even when women drink the same amount as men, they tend to have higher levels of alcohol in their blood. This is because:

Alcohol and your Heart

Alcohol & Your Heart

Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death among women in Canada. Heavy alcohol use can increase blood pressure and increase the risk of some forms of heart disease and stroke.

Heart health benefits from alcohol come only from drinking very small amounts (as little as one drink, every other day). This is mainly for people over the age of 45 years.

Alcohol and Cancer

Alcohol & Cancer

Drinking alcohol is a known cause of cancer. There is no safe level of alcohol consumption for cancer prevention. If you still choose to drink, reduce your risk of developing cancer and limit it to:

Did you know that about 7% of new cases of breast cancer are linked to alcohol?
This means over 600 cases of breast cancer occur a year in Ontario!

To reduce your risk from alcohol
If you don't drink alcohol don't start. If you choose to drink, drink less and follow these tips:

What you can do to protect your health

Consider the following:

Talk to your health care provider for further information about your personal health risks from alcohol.