Limit your consumption of alcohol

Alcohol is another substance known to increase your risk of developing cancer, especially breast and colorectal cancers. The more frequently someone drinks alcohol, the greater his or her cancer risk. Alcohol also weakens the immune system. As a result, prolonged alcohol consumption can make someone highly susceptible to developing cancer or other chronic diseases.  

Yellowknife residents drink more frequently than residents in other NWT communities. However, the proportion of drinkers who drink heavily is greater in small communities than in Yellowknife (55% versus 35%). Heavy drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks in a single sitting at least once a month for the past 12 months. Also, heavy drinking at least once a week is more common in regional centers than in Yellowknife (21% versus 12%). 

Alcohol or drug issues? Call the NWT Helpline at 1-800-661-0844. For further information,click here. 

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