Media Release

October 15, 2012

York Region encourages residents to recognize healthy limits when drinking alcohol

Alcohol and cancer - two words you may not associate with each other. But did you know that how much and how often you drink can put you at a higher risk for cancer? The Regional Municipality of York is advising residents of legal drinking age to be aware of the dangers of too much alcohol.
The World Cancer Research Fund cites there is no safe level of alcohol consumption in relation to cancer risk. However, if alcohol is consumed, it should be limited to no more than one standard drink per day for women and no more than two standard drinks per day for men. One standard drink can be one 5-ounce glass of table wine or one 12-ounce beer.

Exceeding these recommendations can increase the risk of esophagus, mouth, throat, breast, colon and liver cancers. When alcohol and tobacco are used together, cancer risk increases further.

Limiting alcohol consumption combined with other healthy behaviours, including maintaining a healthy body weight, making healthy food choices, being physically active and living tobacco free, can help reduce cancer risk by up to 50 per cent.

York Region Community and Health Services are working to raise awareness about cancer prevention and substance misuse by collaborating with schools and community resources.

For more information on this or any other public health-related program, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit

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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106 After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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