Many research studies suggest that regularly drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing breast cancer. Here are some ways you can keep your drinking to a minimum.

Wednesday 7 June 2017      Health information blog

Kerry Rubins

Guidelines* recommend you should have no more than 14 units of alcohol a week; that’s the equivalent of seven 175ml glasses of wine, seven pints of lager or ale or 14 single spirit and mixers. 

As well as reducing your risk of breast cancer, there are a number of other health benefits to giving the bottle the boot. But it's not always easy to know how to cut down, especially with summer around the corner.

43-year-old Kerry Rubins from Deal in Kent has recently made an effort to drink less alcohol. She’s shared her tips on how she sticks to just an occasional tipple.

Kerry's tips

I find that sticking to these simple rules has really helped me to keep my drinking to a minimum. Hopefully they’ll help you too:

  1. Are your friends or family meeting in the pub after work or this weekend? Don’t feel like you have to stay at home to refrain from drinking; I alternate my alcoholic drinks with water and drink more slowly.
  2. Planning to share a bottle of wine with your dinner tonight? I keep an eye on the size of my drink, the alcohol content and the number of drinks I have. For example, you could buy some 175ml bottles or a 375ml demi bottle, rather than a standard 750ml one; that way you won’t feel tempted to finish off the bottle.
  3. Rather than going to the pub with a friend I’ve found other ways to unwind, like going for a walk, doing a gym class together or maybe a tennis match.
  4. I usually volunteer to be designated driver if I’m going out to a pub or dinner. It means I’ve made a choice to avoid a drink!
  5. Cutting down your alcohol intake is a simple first step to making a positive health change. How about encouraging a friend, family member or partner to cut down with you?

More information

If you’d like to know more about alcohol and its link to breast cancer please download our factsheet (PDF).

Find out more about reducing your risk of breast cancer through lifestyle changes

 *Guidelines by the UK Chief Medical Officers