Why Canadians affected by cancer are ditching alcohol
Four Canadians who have been impacted by cancer now choose to promote healthy lifestyle changes and raise funds to benefit others facing the same challenges.
For some Canadians, drinking alcohol is part of their social life and can be a way to relax after a long day. In fact, 2 out of 10 Canadian adults drink alcohol daily. But did you know that drinking any type of alcohol raises your risk of developing cancer?
The good news is the less you drink, the more you reduce your risk. Limiting or giving up alcohol may seem challenging, but it’s possible. Thousands of Canadians do it every year for Dry Feb.
Through the Dry Feb challenge, people across the country go alcohol-free during the month of February while raising funds in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Year after year, participants help us make a difference for people affected by cancer and experience the many health benefits of going dry, like increased energy levels, sleeping better and even weight loss. Steve, Luke, David and Stephanie share their experiences!
Inspired by Steve, Luke, David and Stephanie? Like them, you can show your support for Canadians affected by cancer. And while Dry Feb takes place during February, making healthy changes to drink less is a good habit to practice all year round. After all, it’s sobering news but drinking alcohol increases your risk of head and neck, breast, stomach, pancreatic, colorectal and liver cancers. About 3,300 new cancer cases each year are due to drinking alcohol. If the trend continues, the number of new cancer cases due to drinking alcohol will triple, increasing from 3,300 to 10,100 in 2042.
Together, we could prevent about 44,300 cancer cases by 2042 if more Canadians limited their alcohol intake to less than 1 drink a day for women and less than 2 drinks a day for men.