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Alcohol consumption can have both long-term and short-term impacts on a person’s health. It’s important to inform yourself of the risks!  

Alcohol and Cancer


Alcohol consumption is a factor known cause of cancer. In fact, one standard drink a day can, on average, increase your risk of developing:
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer 
  • Liver cancer
  • Head and neck cancers
Want to learn more about how alcohol increases risk for certain cancers? Visit:

» The
Canadian Cancer Society’s website
» Healthy Living A-to-Z - Eastern Health  


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Alcohol and other Chronic Illnesses

Heavy drinking and binge drinking increases your risk of developing a number of chronic illnesses significantly, including, but not limited to: 
  • Liver damage (cirrhosis of the liver) – A life threatening illness that can lead to lowered liver function and possibly liver failure.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) – The risk of hypertension increases for both men and women who consume more than one drink per day; however, for women who consume more than six drinks per day during their life, the risk goes up by 1,400 per cent!
  • Diabetes – Overconsuming alcohol increases your chance of developing diabetes, especially in women. If a woman consumes more than six drinks per day during her life, her risk of developing diabetes goes up by 1,560 per cent! 
  • Heart Disease and Stroke - According to Statistics Canada, every seven minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke. The fact is that heavy drinkers and binge drinkers have a higher risk for heart disease and stroke.  

Health matters

By monitoring how much you drink, you can lower your risks!
  • Discuss with your health-care provider the impact alcohol may have on your life.
  • Choosing to not drink alcohol at all may be the best decision for some people. 
  • To reduce your risk even further, plan to have at least two days throughout the week where there is no drinking at all.
  • If you do not drink, do not start!
  • Keep in mind, no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, when planning to become pregnant or breastfeed.

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Updated Sep 7, 2016