Be aware of the links between alcohol and cancer

Did you know that alcohol consumption is considered a risk factor for some types of cancer, and that limiting alcohol intake could reduce the risk?From The Irish Times

Alcohol can increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx (voicebox), throat, oesophagus (foodpipe), breast, liver and bowel.

The Cancer Research UK website provides a good overview of the research in this 2010 post, Alcohol Ireland also offers some sobering information about alcohol and cancer and the Irish Cancer Society offers some advice on how to limit your intake.

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Postponed: Girls, Women & Alcohol

October, 2014

Postponed: Girls, Women Alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland’s conference, Girls, Women Alcohol, due to take place on November 11, has been postponed and an event focusing on the same topic will now take place in April 2015.

Further details will be published on and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, when they become available.

For further information please contact or 01-8780610.

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Alcohol blamed for 40% rise in liver disease deaths in 12 years

A startling jump in the number of people dying of liver disease has been triggered by an increase in alcohol consumption, Public Health England (PHE) has warned.

From the Guardian

The first regional study into the preventable disease revealed a 40% rise in deaths over the past 12 years, with men twice as likely to be diagnosed as women.

The changes in pub opening hours and higher levels of alcohol consumption are directly linked to the “rapid and shocking” increase in death rates, according to Prof Julia Verne, who led the research for PHE.

Finland backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

October, 2014

Finland backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The Finnish government is set to give its support to the Scottish government in a controversial court case over minimum pricing levels for alcohol.

From BBC News

BBC Scotland has learned that Finnish officials will present papers to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg this week.

The papers will back the Scottish government in a case being brought by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The Finnish ministry of health said the issue was a “question of principle”.