According to new guidelines in the UK, the risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat and breast increase with any alcohol consumption.

They recommend drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. (One bottle of 13% wine is 10 units. A pint of 3-4% beer is 2 units.)

However, if you do exceed 14 units per week, they recommend you spread out your drinking over at least 3 days. Binge drinking, which is 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more for women in 2 hours, can increase your risk of dying from illness and accidents.

What is the actual risk?

Of 1000 people in the UK:

  • who drink no alcohol, 5 will get mouth cancer.
  • who drink 10.5 units per week, 6 will get mouth cancer.
  • who drink 44 units per week, 16 will get mouth cancer.

Although it’s true that any amount of alcohol will increase your cancer risk, this increase is modest for intakes below the recommendation.

For more:

UK guidelines

Learn how many units are in your alcohol of choice

Alcohol and mouth cancer risk based on units drunk per week

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