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Reduce your drinking

Alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer: mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), oesophagus, liver, breast (female) and bowel. Yet most Australians are unaware of this link.

Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol recommend that healthy adults should have no more than 10 standard drinks in a week to reduce the risk of cancer and other serious diseases, and no more than four standard drinks on any one day to reduce the risk of injury and accidents from alcohol.

Our ‘Spread’ campaign shows how alcohol spreads through the body, increasing the risk of cell mutations along the way. It aims to increase people’s awareness that drinking alcohol will increase their risk of cancer, and encourage them to have no more than 10 standard alcoholic drinks in a week to reduce their risk.

Spread: Alcohol causes cancer. Reduce your drinking to reduce your risk


Alcohol causes at least 7 types of cancer

Find out how drinking alcohol can cause cancer.

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How alcohol causes cancer

Learn the facts on alcohol and your health.

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Safe level of alcohol

Learn what constitutes a safe level of alcohol.

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Defining a standard drink

Find out what a standard drink is and why it is important.

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Standard drink tool

Pour a standard drink and set goals to reduce your drinking to reduce your risk.

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Tips to reduce your drinking

Tips that will improve your health and hip pocket.

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Drinking alcohol when you have cancer

If you have cancer, we have support services to help you reduce your drinking.

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For health professionals

Find information and resources for health professionals.

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Our policy work

Learn about our broader work on alcohol and cancer.

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