Cancer Council WA is proud to support a new Alcohol.Think Again campaign, which provides timely information to help Western Australians keep their drinking in check, particularly during this period of physical distancing.
Cancer Council WA CEO Ashley Reid said the new campaign, launched today by the Minister for Mental Health, Hon Roger Cook MLA, was a joint initiative between Cancer Council WA and the Mental Health Commission (MHC).
"Cancer Council WA formed a partnership with MHC this year to support the delivery of a suite of public education programs, and to provide information to the community about the impacts of drinking alcohol," Mr Reid said.
"During this time of self-isolation and physical distancing, we understand it could be tempting to turn to alcohol to pass the time. However, this new campaign reminds us that reducing the amount you drink will not only help to keep you healthy and safe now, it will also help you reduce your risk of cancers and other health problems later.
"Now more than ever, it is imperative we prevent extra burdens on already-stretched hospitals and health services. We can all play a part by reducing our drinking."
Mr Reid said when it comes to cancer risk, there is no safe level of alcohol use.
"There is convincing evidence that alcohol is a cause of seven cancers including cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, bowel, and breast," he said.
"It is not just heavy drinking that increases cancer risk. Even drinking small amounts increases the chance of developing cancer. The more you drink and the more often you drink, the greater your risk."
About the campaign
The Alcohol.Think Again State-wide campaign commences on 26 April 2020.
It provides practical tips for Western Australians to reduce their drinking so they remain at low-risk of alcohol-caused harm associated with people staying and working at home during the pandemic. Tips include having alcohol-free days, avoiding stocking up on alcohol, and trying low and no alcohol alternatives.
Learn more about alcohol and cancer here.