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Did you know alcohol is one of the highest-level carcinogens?

Alcohol is a group 1 carcinogen, the same category as tobacco and asbestos as a cancer-causing agent. It causes at least seven types of cancer with the risk increasing in line with alcohol exposure, with heavy drinkers running up to five times the risk of non-drinkers and even low levels of alcohol consumption bring significant risk.

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WHO, International Agency for Research on Cancer

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