According to the Irish Cancer Society, by 2020, 1 in 2 people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime. The link between alcohol and cancer is well-established - each year in Ireland, 900 people are diagnosed with alcohol-related cancers and roughly 500 die as a result. But did you know that four out of ten cancers are preventable? Reducing how much alcohol you drink is just one of the ways you can reduce your risk. This World Cancer Day, why not take some time to think about your drinking habits and see if you can make a change?
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. It’s simple – the less you drink, the lower the risk.
Latest figures from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) show a 300% rise in liver cancer diagnoses in Ireland in the past two decades. The average number of new cases each year has gone from 60 in the mid-1990s to more than 270 in 2014. The NCRI point to high alcohol consumption in recent decades as one of the biggest reasons for this four-fold increase.
Are you drinking within the HSE low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption? Keep any eye on how much you drink on average each week. This will help you to track your alcohol intake and make a change if needed.
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?