|Limit the alcohol|
Alcohol is the most commonly used substance by teenage girls and young women: 60% of female high school students and 87% of female university students drink alcohol, and about one quarter of those young women binge drink (have 5 or more drinks on one occasion). Research shows that if you drink alcohol, even at low levels, you are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Whether you drink wine, beer, or liquor, your risk of breast cancer increases as more alcohol is consumed.
Canadaís low-risk drinking guidelines recommend that women limit themselves to between 0 and 2 drinks on any given occasion. A standard drink is considered one 12 ounce bottle of beer (5% alcohol), one 5 ounce glass of wine (12% alcohol), or one 1.5 ounce shot of liquor (40% alcohol).
Girls who got the message say:
Drinking is something I do at my age, but itís something I can easily change.