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Alcohol is Toxic

Alcohol is Toxic

If you drink alcohol, how do your drinks add up? Are they putting your health at risk this summer?

Most of us know smoking causes cancer. But just like tobacco, alcohol is toxic. Alcohol is a Group One carcinogen which causes at least seven types of cancer including bowel, breast, mouth and throat cancer.

Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of cancer. Any type of alcohol is carcinogenic, whether beer, wine or spirits.

The best way to reduce your risk is to cut down how much and how often you drink drinking:

  • Drink no more than 14 units a week to stay "low risk" (about six glasses of wine, six double spirits or six pints of lager a week)
  • Take at least three drink free days a week to give your body a break.

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health for Gateshead and Newcastle said:

"We are encouraging people in Gateshead to reduce their drinking to reduce their risks of a range of serious health issues.

"Cutting down has so many benefits - it can improve your mood and help you feel more energetic, give your mental health a boost and even lower blood pressure and lose weight."

Alcohol is linked to more than 200 medical conditions including 7 types of cancer, liver disease, heart disease and stroke. It can worsen weight problems and worsen anxiety and depression.

Try the quiz at ReduceMyRisk.tv (opens new window) to see how your drinks add up and find out about ways to cut down.

Alcohol is Toxic
10 June 2024

If you drink alcohol, how do your drinks add up? Are they putting your health at risk this summer?

Most of us know smoking causes cancer. But just like tobacco, alcohol is toxic. Alcohol is a Group One carcinogen which causes at least seven types of cancer including bowel, breast, mouth and throat cancer.

Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of cancer. Any type of alcohol is carcinogenic, whether beer, wine or spirits.

The best way to reduce your risk is to cut down how much and how often you drink drinking:

  • Drink no more than 14 units a week to stay "low risk" (about six glasses of wine, six double spirits or six pints of lager a week)
  • Take at least three drink free days a week to give your body a break.

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health for Gateshead and Newcastle said:

"We are encouraging people in Gateshead to reduce their drinking to reduce their risks of a range of serious health issues.

"Cutting down has so many benefits - it can improve your mood and help you feel more energetic, give your mental health a boost and even lower blood pressure and lose weight."

Alcohol is linked to more than 200 medical conditions including 7 types of cancer, liver disease, heart disease and stroke. It can worsen weight problems and worsen anxiety and depression.

Try the quiz at ReduceMyRisk.tv (opens new window) to see how your drinks add up and find out about ways to cut down.

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