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Alcohol is the most commonly used substance by teenage girls and young women. However, there is evidence that drinking alcohol, even at low levels, leads to an increased risk for breast cancer. This link is attributed to increases in estrogen for female alcohol consumers, which leads to a higher chance of breast cell mutation and therefore a higher risk of developing breast cancer. It doesn’t matter whether a woman drinks wine, beer, or liquor; the risks of drinking increase as more alcohol is consumed. Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines recommend that adult women limit themselves to between zero and two standard drinks on any given day, and avoid getting drunk or intoxicatedIt is also recommended for women who currently do not drink that they not start, since this puts them at the lowest risk for an alcohol-related problem.


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