ARE you taking part in Dry January? Me neither, January is joyless enough.
But that doesn’t mean I’m boozing every night either. I am not a fan of cutting out something so strictly for a period of time – I don’t see that leading to healthier habits.
Even after almost 11 years, people are still surprised that I drink alcohol even though I have cancer. My response to that is it’s already hard enough dealing with the disease without stopping all forms of joy, too.
Having said that, my diagnosis did make me more aware of what my body might need to deal with the burden of the cancer and the treatments, and I’ve now got to a place that works for me.
Booze consumption should not be something we consider only when the proverbial poo hits the fan, though.
As we know, and get told so very often, some lifestyle choices directly correlate with certain cancers.
Alcohol is a risk factor for seven different types: Mouth, pharyngeal (upper throat), oesophageal (food pipe), laryngeal (voice box), breast, bowel and liver cancers.
You might have thought mouth cancer was the most obvious, but alcohol gets into your blood stream so it can impact all manner of cells around the body.
If that isn’t revelatory enough, you don’t have to drink like a fish to be at a higher risk. So far scientists don’t see any difference between someone who binge drinks or spreads the units across the week.
Cancer Research UK calculates that almost 12,000 cancer cases a year are the direct result of alcohol consumption.
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