Limit alcohol intake

Benefit: very high
Limit alcohol intake
Alcohol abuse affects both physical and mental health. While a moderate alcohol intake (up to 1 drink/day for women, 2 drinks/day for men) can have health benefits, excessive consumption causes a wide range of psychiatric, neurological and cardiovascular problems, liver disease and other conditions.

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What you can prevent if you Limit alcohol intake

Cancer

Risk: very high
Cancer

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth. It is a leading cause of death worldwide, but many cancers can be prevented. The majority of cancers, some 90-95% of cases, are due to environmental factors, such as lifestyle and behaviour, and only 5-10% are genetic.

To prevent: exercise, do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol intake, limit sunlight exposure

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Coronary artery disease

Risk: very high
Coronary artery disease

CAD is the most common cardiovascular disease and a top cause of death. The arteries become narrow as the artery-wall thickens, causing a limitation of blood flow to the heart. Up to 90% of cases may be prevented if the risk factors are avoided.

To prevent: exercise, do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol intake, eat a balanced diet, check blood pressure, check cholesterol level

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Stroke

Risk: very high
Stroke

A stroke is a "brain attack". It happens when there is a disruption in the blood flow to the brain and results in cell death. Stroke often leads to permanent disability and is a top cause of death.

To prevent: exercise, do not smoke, limit alcohol intake, check blood pressure, check cholesterol level

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Hypertension

Risk: high
Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. It can have no symptoms, but it's a major risk factor for dangerous diseases. Hypertension affects 25% of the population and is believed to be a factor in 18% of deaths.

To prevent: exercise, do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol intake, eat a balanced diet, check blood pressure

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Accidents

Risk: high
Accidents

For a blood alcohol level of 0.15%, the risk of causing an accident is 25 times higher. Never drink and drive.

Unintentional injuries caused by falls, traffic accidents or unintentional poisoning (such as drug overdose) are a leading cause of death, and the first cause of death for those between 1 and 45 years old.

To prevent: limit alcohol intake, keep eyes on the road

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