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Skip the Booze in October

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Prince George, B.C. – It’s  called “Sober October” a  campaign  by the Canadian Cancer Society aimed at  raising funds and  highlighting the links  between alcohol and cancer.Studies have linked alcohol to  increased risk of developing a number of  different types of cancers says Margaret Jones Bricker of the Canadian Cancer Society’s BC/ Yukon  office in Prince George “Alcohol  actually increases your risk of developing breast cancer,   colon cancer, esophageal cancer, larynx , liver, mouth and pharynx cancers.The less alcohol you drink,  the more you reduce your risk.”

Sober in October  calls on folks to  pledge  to  stay clear of alcohol for the  whole month,  and to get  family and friends to support the effort through  cash  pledges for the individual’s effort.  “People can go online to  register to being alcohol free  for the month of October”  But  Jones-Bricker says if someone  decides they can’t possibly go through the whole month without imbibing,  the challenge  allows a person to  pledge  to being allowed to have a drink on the weekend. “It’s committing to being aware of alcohol and gives you  a way to become aware of your consumption of alcohol.”

It’s an  honour system,  as there is no way to confirm  if someone has slipped  and sipped  during the month.

The link between alcohol and cancer  was documented in a study  in  1988,  and  other studies have confirmed  those initial findings.  Yet,  unlike cigarettes, there is no warning label on products that contain alcohol ” That point  is very well take, that’s an area where we   have expressed  a concern.  Is it an area  for advocacy in the future?  Very likely it is.  It’s one of those things like tobacco,  where it takes a while to gain  momentum.  The more people who are aware, the more  they may be willing to  advocate to bring about change.”

Dollars raised through the  Sober in October  program will be used  for cancer prevention initiatives.   If you are interested in signing up  for the campaign,  click here.


Why October, just because it rhymes? Maybe they never heard of Oktoberfest?

Watching the World cup of Hockey with my kids, ever commercial is about booze, pills or erection pills.

We should ALL challenge Scott MCWalter to go WHOLE month without a drink

serious, a whole month!!!! In the famous words of Kramer, slamming down ten bucks, “I’m out”

They never quit trying to scam money from us for stupid ideas.

These do-gooders cause cancer. They should have to wear a label that states, “listening to or being near this individual raises your chances of ear or brain cancer”.

I want to see those studies.

    Try the internet, I will.

    “Drinking alcohol is linked to a higher risk of certain types of cancer.

    Some people think that certain types of alcohol are safer than others. But ethanol is the type of alcohol found in all alcoholic drinks, whether they are beers, wines, or liquors (distilled spirits). Overall, it’s the amount of alcohol that’s drunk over time, not the type of drink, which seems to be the most important factor in raising cancer risk.

    If you drink, limit your intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women. This may help curb your cancer risk.”
    From the American Cancer Society website, tried pasting the link before but did not work. A more reasoned approach than “just say no”. Like most things in life, moderation is the key

If someone wants to take on this challenge but “.. decides they can’t possibly go through the whole month without imbibing…” I humbly suggest giving AA a call.

It’s fine if you want to, but just keep it to your self! No more Preaching

Anything done to excess is potentially harmful! That applies to many things like dietary habits, exercise and so forth! As far as cancer is concerned there is a strong possibility that cancer is not only a genetic disease but also a metabolic disease.

    My brother died from cancer in the lungs but one else in our family has had cancer and me I’m an old coot and no sign of cancer just stubborn.

See those homeless people all dying from cancer???

Booze is linked to many a disease,,,,even to a disease that takes innocent ppl, due to DD,or Homicide., I just have a hard time wrapping my head around this causing cancer, I believe it causes breakups, heartaches, financial problems, divorce,suicide, loss of jobs,,,,the list of many,,,,but Cancer,,,,maybe a chosen few. And I feel for them and their families,,,but if alcohol beats them before kidney or liver disease does,,,,they are a select few.

Just my thoughts,,,,sorry if I may have offended anyone..Cancer and Alcohol are both serious problems in our society.

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