“Since alcohol use is common in adolescent girls and young women, reducing alcohol consumption during adolescence and early adulthood is currently the only dietary strategy that may reduce risk of proliferative benign breast disease”
Graham A. Colditz, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA
“We are probably at the stage now with alcohol that we were at 30 years ago with tobacco”
Dr Jan Pearson, the Cancer Society.
“There is no safe level of alcohol use. In the broader context of all the issues and all the problems that alcohol is related to, alcohol causes ten times as many deaths as it prevents”
Dr David Nelson, Director, Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, US National Cancer Institute.
“One of most common genetic defects in man is our inability to counteract the toxicity of alcohol”
Dr Nick Sheron, the Liver Unit, Southampton General Hospital, UK.
“There is no threshold for safe consumption. More than 30% of alcohol-attributable deaths were due to cancers, including breast and bowel cancer. Alcohol consumption is one of the most important risk factors for avoidable mortality and disease in early and middle adulthood, and contributes substantially to loss of good health across the life course”
Professor Jennie Connor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.
Ask the coroner
Look at any typical coroner’s weekend report and the reading is sobering. ‘Drowned while under the influence of alcohol.’ ‘The 16 year old died in his sleep after consuming a bottle of vodka at a school ball.’ ‘Breast cancer caused by binge drinking.’ ‘Acute heart failure due to chronic alcohol abuse.’ ‘Collided with a tree having a blood alcohol level of 260 mg/100 ml.’ ‘Victim died after drinking a mixture of vodka and orange which caused a depressant effect on his central nervous system.’ ‘Death occurred in her bed at her home after she had been drinking a large amount of alcohol.’ ‘Struck by another driver who was drunk at the time.’ ‘Baby suffocated after being squashed by sleeping mother who had been on a 12-hour drinking binge.’
Alcohol is a poison
Few people realise alcohol directly causes cancer and is one of the most potent cancer causers we have in modern society. Alcohol has been classified by WHO 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 between 3.5m-5m people each year, ranking drinking as the third highest cause of death in the top ten preventable global causes of death. Alcohol abuse is also the third leading risk factor for premature death and disabilities worldwide.1
Alcohol is a unique body-wrecking carcinogen
Alcohol causes high blood pressure (hypertension), breast and bowel cancers, chronic liver diseases, obesity, diabetes, arthritic problems, poor judgment, emotional outbursts, violence, dizziness, depression, cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver tissues, bad skin, weakened kidneys and adrenal glands, varicose veins, memory loss, headaches, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, gastritis, ulcers, teenage pregnancy, suicide, weight gain, alcohol poisoning, abdominal pain, fetal alcohol syndrome, and heart disease — which itself is one of the top two preventable killers in the West.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.