Injury Prevention

Algoma Public Health

2017 - Bulletin: Alcohol and Cancer

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Did you know?


  • Drinking alcohol is directly linked to several types of cancer;
  • Just one drink a day can raise your alcohol-related cancer risk; and,
  • Drinking less or not at all is the best way to reduce your risk.

Having 1-3 drinks a day can increase your risk of cancer for the following types:¹

  • Mouth/throat
  • Voice box
  • Liver
  • Esophageal
  • Breast (women)
  • Colorectal

Between 2010 and 2012 in Algomaestimates show alcohol use is responsible for:²,³


  • 173 new cases of cancer
  • 63 deaths from cancer

Self-reported alcohol use in 2013/2014 by Algoma residents:4


  • 30.2% of Algoma residents 19+ self-report having 1-3 drinks a day.
  • 48.6% of Algoma residents 19+ self-report exceeding the Low Risk Drinking Guidelines.

Manage your alcohol-related cancer risk