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How can I reduce the amount of alcohol I drink?

Cancer UK have produced a leaflet which gives practical help in reducing the amount of alcohol you drink:
Drink less alcohol leaflet - cut your cancer risk leaflet

Also this NHS link provides useful general and additional information:
Link: Drinking and alcohol              
What can I do if need more help?

Speak to your GP who can direct you to specialist counselling or charitable services

Speak to one of the members of the Head and Neck Team

There are various organisations that have a lot of experience in helping people who are heavy drinkers of alcohol. (We would be grateful for your feedback of your experience with any of these organisations and also please let us know if you have any other recommendations which we can pass on to others)

             

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Am I drinking too much and am I addicted to alcohol?

There is a very good website which can help you decide! Try out the questionnaire here

Also consider the following questions:
             

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What is a unit of alcohol - I get confused?

Units of alcohol should not be confused with number of drinks! Many common drinks contain more than one than one unit of alcohol.

So staying at around 14 units of alcohol per week means drinking no more than:
             

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What is a unit of alcohol - I get confused?

Units of alcohol should not be confused with number of drinks! Many common drinks contain more than one than one unit of alcohol.

So staying at around 14 units of alcohol per week means drinking no more than:
             

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Is there a link between Head and Neck cancer and drinking alcohol?

Yes. There is no doubt that drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer and is a contributing factor in causing:
  • mouth cancer
  • throat cancer (oropharyngeal cancer, hypopharyngeal cancer)
  • larynx cancer (voice box) and
  • oesophageal cancer (gullet, food pipe).
If you drink and smoke this increases your risk further.

             

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Are there other proven risks of drinking too much alcohol?

Yes, uncontrolled and uncontrollable drinking can affect relationships and performance at work.

             

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How much alcohol is it safe to drink?

The latest advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers is that there is also no completely safe level of drinking for adults. (Latest guidelines on drinking alcohol). However by sticking within the recommended guidelines, most people can keep the risk of harming their health to a low level.
             

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