Raise a glass for lowering your cancer risk
This Ocsober, many Aussies have raised non-alcoholic bevvies all month to help support the work of Life Education – and it could also give them a fighting chance of preventing certain cancers.
Boozing and losing
In fact, the Cancer Council estimates roughly 5 percent of all cancers in Australia are linked to the long-term use of alcohol.
- 1-2 drinks a day, this can increase your risk of breast cancer; and women who regularly drink more than four drinks per day are 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who don’t drink!
- 3 or more drinks a day, this level of drinking increases your risk of liver cancer, likely related to damage it does to your liver tissue over time.
- 4 or more drinks a day, this amount can raise the risk for bowel cancer by 1.4 times compared with non-drinkers. It also makes you 2-3 times more likely to develop oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal and oesophageal cancers; add in smoking, and your increase of these cancers shoots up further.
What do the guidelines say?
Tips for responsible drinking
- Have two or more alcohol-free days every week.
- Swap every other alcoholic drink for a glass of water.
- Eat before or while you’re drinking.
- Set daily and weekly limits, and write down how much you. drink each day to increase your awareness.
- Try a ‘mocktail’ instead.