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Know the links between alcohol and cancer

The theme of European Action on Alcohol Awareness Week is 'Alcohol and Cancer'

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The focus of this year’s European Action on Alcohol Awareness Week is ‘Alcohol and Cancer’.

The aim of the campaign is to highlight the link between drinking alcohol, particularly at a younger age, and the risk of developing cancer later in life.

The facts on alcohol and cancer

  • Approximately 900 people in Ireland are diagnosed with alcohol related cancer every year.
  • Alcohol can cause 7 types of cancer including mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, breast, liver and colorectal (colon) cancer.
  • Drinking in your teens and 20’s can increase your risk of developing cancer later in life.
  • For women in their teens and 20’s, drinking regularly can increase the risk of developing breast cancer by 34%.
  • 1 in 8 breast cancers are caused by alcohol.
  • For Irish men, alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors in mouth, head and neck cancers.
  • Those who drink more than two or more standard drinks per day are three times more likely to develop mouth, head and neck cancers, compared with those who don’t drink.
  • Over half mouth, head and neck cancers diagnosed in Ireland can be associated with alcohol.

Our campaign, ‘Alcohol & You’ encourages you to consider your relationship with alcohol and how it makes you feel. You can find a range of information on alcohol here, as well as social alternatives so that your weekend doesn’t have to be filled with drinking.

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Published NovemĀ­ber 21st2017
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