6. Limit alcoholic drinks

A closer look at the recommendations for reducing your overall cancer risk

If you drink alcohol, aim for no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women

What is an alcoholic drink?

Wine, beer, liquor or spirits contain different amounts of alcohol per bottle, glass or can.

Type of alcohol

What is one drink or serving?

% Alcohol by volume

Wine 2/3 of a cup
5 ounces
150 mL
12 to 13%
Beer or lager 1 1/2 cups
12 ounces
355 mL
3 to 5%
Liquor/spirit such as vodka, whisky, run or gin 3 tablespoons
1.5 ounces
45 mL

Why avoid alcohol?

There is convincing evidence that higher alcohol intake increases the risk of breast cancer for pre- and post-menopausal women. Many alcoholic drinks (e.g. wine coolers) are high in calories and can contribute to weight gain.

How can you reduce your alcohol intake?

  • Add ice to wine and liquor
  • Try similar coloured drinks instead of wine or beer (such as unsweetened grape juice or ice tea)
  • Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Create sparkling drinks by adding soda water to wine
  • Dilute alcoholic drinks with soda water or low calorie mixers
  • Control your portion sizes by measuring instead of guessing