Minimising Alcohol-related Harm
Make informed choice
Alcohol is a cancer-causing agent(Note). Concerning cancer-causing effect, there exists no threshold of which alcohol can be consumed safely. On the other hand, controversy exists over the protective effect of alcohol on heart health. To improve heart health, you have many harmless and proven effective options, e.g. healthy eating, active living and no smoking. More importantly, these simple measures, in addition, bring you many different health benefits.
Generally speaking, alcohol-related harm expresses as a continuum, that is, the more you drink, the higher the chance you are to get alcohol-related harm.
So if you do not drink at all, do not start drinking with the intent of improving health.
If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, limit your drink to minimise alcohol-related harm.
Alcohol is classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization, because there has been sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of alcoholic beverages causes cancers of oral cavity, pharynx (excluding nasopharynx), larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectum, and female breasts.
To date, the World Health Organization has not issued drinking guidelines. There is so far no evidence to support the effectiveness of the use of drinking guidelines in reducing alcohol-related harm. Nevertheless, different drinking guidelines are developed by some countries to advise their people to limit their drink below certain levels which is considered as relatively low-risk drinking behaviour. There is no safe or harmless level for drinking alcoholic beverages.
On alcohol and health, the Department of Health specifically stresses on the importance of “making informed choices”, which enables individuals to choose drinking or not after fully understanding the risk of alcohol use, thus minimising alcohol-related harm.
Alcohol can cause cancer, and should not be used for improving health.
If you don’t drink, do not start drinking.
depress or tired
risk or require skills,
machinery or a vehicle
or drug dependence
e.g. gout, liver disease,
heart disease, hypertension