Few people realize alcohol can directly cause cancer
Few people realize alcohol can directly cause cancer and is one of the most potent cancer causers we have in modern society. Alcohol has been classified by the World Health Organisation as a Class 1 Carcinogen, meaning it is a cancer-causer in the same company as asbestos, mustard gas, formaldehyde and plutonium-239. The truth is that alcohol and its consequences kill over 5 million people each year, ranking drinking as the third highest cause of death in the top 10 preventable causes of death. More people die each year from alcohol abuse than from malnutrition. Alcohol abuse is the third leading risk factor for premature death and disabilities worldwide. More people willingly poison themselves through alcohol consumption than the hundreds of thousands that are malnourished – many through no fault of their own. This is staggering – our blatant disregard and arrogance towards our own bodies, our health and the consequences of our habits is mind blowing.
How you drink affects others
It’s important to remember you are modelling behaviour 24/7. Everything you do has an impact upon others – they learn from you whether you like it or not or whether you are intentionally wanting to teach or not. Whether it’s for your firnds, co-workers, family or children – how you drink makes a difference. When it comes to your kids we know that young adults tend to sustain the drinking habits they formed when they were young. So, teaching your kids sound lessons about consuming alcohol safely (if at all) is really important. The key is you don’t even have to give them a lecture – you just need to model good behaviour yourself. So think about how you drink, listen to the way it impacts your body and make sound adult choices that support your health and wellbeing and the wellness of others around you.
Please contact your GP or local AA for help with alcohol consumptions issues.