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So whether you want to drink a bit less in the long term, or are hoping to avoid too many hangovers this Christmas, try these easy and effective ways to cut down, or at least not step up, your alcohol intake. As far as possible, be organised about Christmas socialising. Or at least swap so the next day is alcohol-free instead. The NHS recommends a 2-day break from alcohol after a heavy session.
Make your first drink a soft one, then alternate your drinks so only every other one is alcoholic.
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For those occasions, a glass of fizzy water with ice and a slice makes for an effective decoy. But whichever ways work for you, make sure you get in the Christmas spirit — and if you have any other tips for cutting down the Christmas excess, please do share them below. Click here to cancel reply. Richard December 13, If you need to make excuses not to accept an alcoholic drink you really ought to change your friends. Matthew December 12, This is really helpful, without taking a hardline or unappealing approach to the subject — a rare achievement it would seem.
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Bridget Lowe December 12, I have noticed that you hardly ever mention brain tumours in your blogs. There seems to be an emphasis on breast and prostate cancers. I understand that these cancers are more common but it would be nice to hear about factors causing brain cancer in adults. Katherine Tilbrook December 10, I do only drink occasionally but loved ones and friends drink alcohol on a regular basis so will pass the message on to them so they can be aware.
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Alcohol and breast cancer. But not enough of us are aware of the connection between alcohol consumption and the disease.
A recent study in BMJ Open looked at women's knowledge of the link between alcohol and breast cancer in particular. The research, which involved women attending a breast cancer clinic, found that less than one in five knew that drinking was a risk factor for developing the disease.
The women were instructed to 'write down anything you think might increase the risk of breast cancer'. While around a third mentioned obesity , and nearly half mentioned smoking , only They were also asked to estimate the alcohol content of four popular drinks.
So exactly how strong are the links between alcohol and cancer? As is often the case when we talk about cancer risk, this can prove to be quite a complicated question. But risk is a difficult concept. You can be at low risk of a disease and still get it, or at high risk of a disease and not get it. In fact, a study suggested that the highest risk factor for developing cancer was simple bad luck ie chance mutations that occur when cells divide. The 'bad luck' factor, claimed the researchers, was responsible for more mutations than either genetic or lifestyle factors.
For instance, With breast cancer specifically, the link with alcohol is a little stronger. Alcohol is also a risk factor for six other types of cancer: mouth cancer , pharyngeal cancer , oesophageal cancer , laryngeal cancer , bowel cancer and liver cancer.
It is particularly dangerous when combined with tobacco, as drinking can damage the cells in the throat and make it easier for other carcinogens to be absorbed. Sinclair would like to see 'prevention interventions' added to screening clinics - in other words, giving women information about the links between alcohol and breast cancer. She points out that, while more research is needed, the women she surveyed responded positively to the idea. She also thinks that, as a society, we're 30 years behind where we are with tobacco, in terms of getting the facts out there.
Ultimately, she'd like to see a culture in which women view alcohol as an occasional addition to their diet rather than a regular one. While the same could most likely be said for men, Sinclair's research focuses on women. Hi i am 29 years old male and i have blue and red veins below my tongue also i was a ex smoker and have a small lump inside my mouth in place near tonsills for like 3 years now and have chronic cough