Drink less to reduce your cancer risk

Drink less to reduce your cancer risk

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Drinking alcohol is known to cause at least seven cancers. Any amount increases the cancer risk. Even just one drink a day will increase the risk of breast, mouth, throat and oesophageal cancers by a small amount. There’s no safe limit for alcohol when it comes to cancer, but the risk is smaller for people who drink within the HSE low-risk guidelines. To show our support this Daffodil Day, we are encouraging people to order our free Get the Facts pack to make it easier to understand drinking habits and its impact on health and wellbeing. It’s simple – the less you drink, the lower the risk.

Know your drinking habits

Are you drinking within the HSE low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption? Less than 3% of Irish adults can correctly identify the guidelines and we understimate how much we drink by over 60% but they are important and help you to see how much you are really drinking over the week. Remember, these are guidelines - not a target. 

  • 11 standard drinks (110g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for women, with at least two alcohol-free days
  • 17 standard drinks (170g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for men, with at least two alcohol-free days

Common examples of one standard drink are a half pint of lager/stout/cider, a 100ml glass of wine or pub measure (35.5ml) of spirits.

Read more about the low-risk guidelines

Make a change

Our Drinks Calculator will show you the number of standard drinks and calories you consumed on any given occasion, as well as how much money you spent. This will help to give you an idea of how much you drink on average. Little changes to the way you drink can have a big impact. The next time you drink alcohol, why not try some of our quick tips?

  • If you usually drink pints of beer or cider, why not opt for a bottle or half pint instead?
  • Always finish one glass of wine before pouring another. Topping up your glass makes it hard to track how much you are drinking.
  • Alcohol dehydrates the body. Alternating each drink with water will help keep you hydrated.
  • Swap out your usual full strength drink for a low-alcohol alternative.

Try out or Drinks Calculator to find out if you are drinking within the guidelines

Visit the Irish Cancer Society website to get invovled in Daffodil Day