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Cancer: Alcoholic Drinks

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Farming and Rural Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase people's awareness of the links between cancer and alcohol consumption.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In 2018, Public Health England’s Drink Free Days campaign highlighted the harm associated with drinking alcohol including cancer, weight gain and high blood pressure, and encourages middle-aged drinkers to use the tactic of taking more days off from drinking as a way of reducing their health risks from alcohol.

The links between alcohol and cancer are also highlighted in PHE’s One You campaign, available to view at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/drink-less/

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