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.
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.
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.
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?