Breast cancer link with how much you drink

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Most women are aware of risks to the liver associated with alcohol but less than 1 in 5 women realise that it’s also linked to breast cancer.

Following a government survey of 2,000 people, it’s estimated that 4 million UK women drink too much. If you’re drinking a large glass of wine each day (the equivalent of 3 units), then you’re also increasing your risk of breast cancer by a fifth. Make that 2 glasses and the risk increase to more than a third. Three glasses a day and you’re actually doubling your risk!

While it’s true that women drink more alcohol than ever, singles are actually less likely to have a drink every day than couples. Apparently, couples in their 30s are most likely to polish off a bottle of wine each night.

So you could potentially be having at least 3 units a day without realising. When you consider the recommended weekly guideline for women is 14 units, you may be drinking a third more than you should be.

If you’re trying to work out how much to drink, it’s a good idea to use the following as a rule of thumb:

1 x large glass of wine = 3 units 1 x pint of beer = 2.8 units 1 x glass of spirits = 2 units

Sources: Daily Mail, The Metro, BBC

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