Reduce drinking

Reduce alcohol consumption.

The alcohol or ethanol content found in most alcoholic drinks is a colorless, flammable liquid that is produced by naturally fermenting sugars in grapes, apples, grains etc. Ethanol is metabolized into acetaldehyde in the body, which is listed as a group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Read More How does it work: Once alcohol reaches the bloodstream, it goes to the liver to be processed or metabolized. The liver produces enzymes that break down the alcohol molecules. When someone is drinking alcohol particularly quickly, the liver cannot process all the alcohol at the same rate, so it remains in the body. The brain, stomach and pancreas also metabolize the excess alcohol in the body. Much has been written about the potential health benefits of moderate drinking. However, a recent study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation found that the optimal number of alcoholic drinks to minimise harm is 0. Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for global disease burden and causes substantial health loss. (1) Heavy drinking has been shown to have the greatest risk factor for the Oral Cavity and Esophagus in Males and the Liver, Oral Cavity and Esophagus in Females (3)