Alcoholic drinks are a cause of cancer. It is not just heavy drinking that increases cancer risk. Even drinking small amounts can be harmful. The more you drink and the more often you drink, the greater your risk.

Alcohol can have other negative impacts on your health including damaging your liver, heart and brain, and risking the health of unborn babies. Another downside of alcohol is that it can contribute to weight gain. Just like any food or drink you consume (except water), alcoholic drinks contain energy (kilojoules, kJ). In fact, alcohol contains few nutrients but is very energy dense.

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