Alcohol consumption

Weekly alcohol consumption linked to health risks

New data from the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction raises an increased level of concern about weekly alcohol consumption.

“One to two glasses, already a low risk; we speak weekly,” said CTV medical associate Dr. Marla Shapiro.

New research shows that more than six alcoholic beverages per week lead to increased health risks in general. Overall cancer risk also increases, and women who drink more than three drinks a week face more health risks than men.

The Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction calls for labels on alcoholic beverages to describe these health warnings.

“One drink a day, seven drinks and that’s considered high risk,” Dr. Shapiro said. “It leads to other types of cancer, heart disease and strokes. The numbers are really quite startling.

One of the most alarming issues is how moderate alcohol consumption among women has a direct correlation with future cancer diagnosis.

“It will already increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 10%,” Dr. Shapiro said.

This new study comes as Saint Mary’s University prepares for ‘Welcome Week’, which will be a dry, alcohol-free event.

“It’s dedicated to students who are new, as well as returning students,” said student union president Isobel Tyler. “We want to make sure students have a safe and comfortable time.”

Part of the goal is to teach young people to pursue healthy lifestyle choices and habits as they enter the college experience.

“It’s where students learn,” Tyler said. “They’re potentially away from home and they’re starting their college experience.”

It’s an experience that Tyler hopes will be comfortable, safe, and largely alcohol-free.