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Alcohol, Cancer and You

The theme of this year’s European Action on Alcohol Week, 20 – 24 November is ‘Alcohol and Cancer’. Given that 900 people will be diagnosed with an alcoholrelated cancer in Ireland this year, it’s an important conversation to have. Despite this, awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer is very poor

LGBTI+ Community and Cancer Risk

In Ireland, drinking harmfully has become the norm for many people but awareness of the risks is low with just 16% of women aged 15-24 aware that alcohol can cause breast cancer.

Evidence shows that alcohol increases your risk of cancer, irrespective of the type of drink so it doesn’t matter if you drink beer, wine or spirits – the risks remain the same. In fact, alcohol has been shown to cause at least seven di. erent types of cancer: mouth, larynx, throat, oesophagus, liver, bowel and breast cancer (in women). Gay and bisexual men are at greater risk of these types of cancer as their alcohol intake is higher generally and binge drinking is more common.

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