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Estimated number of breast cancers from alcohol use in the US last year*:

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* Between 4-10% of breast cancer cases each year are thought to be due to alcohol use (we got this estimate from this paper). We used the middle of that range—7%—and multiplied it by 276,480, the estimated number of new breast cancer cases in 2020 (we got this estimate here). That equals 19,354.

Estimated number of breast cancers from alcohol use in the US last year*:

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* Between 4-10% of breast cancer cases each year are thought to be due to alcohol use (we got this estimate from this paper). We used the middle of that range—7%—and multiplied it by 276,480, the estimated number of new breast cancer cases in 2020 (we got this estimate here). That equals 19,354.

How much is too much?

Well, the more you drink, the more likely it is you’ll develop breast cancer. Seven drinks a week — doesn’t matter if it’s wine, beer, shots, or mixed drinks — increases your risk by 14%. Fourteen drinks increases it by 28%.

So what's

YOUR

increased risk?

Hover over the numbers to see how your drinking habits affect your increased risk of breast cancer. Find out how drinking more or less each week can change that risk.

How much is too much?

Well, the more you drink, the more likely it is you’ll develop breast cancer. Seven drinks a week — doesn’t matter if it’s wine, beer, shots, or mixed drinks — increases your risk by 14%. Fourteen drinks increases it by 28%.

So what's

YOUR

increased risk?

Hover over the numbers to see how your drinking habits affect your increased risk of breast cancer. Find out how drinking more or less each week can change that risk.

1 drink a week

2%

3 drinks a week

6%

5 drinks a week

10%

7 drinks a week

14%

14 drinks a week

28%

1 drink a week

2%

3 drinks a week

6%

5 drinks a week

10%

7 drinks a week

14%

14 drinks a week

28%

1 drink a week

2%

3 drinks a week

6%

5 drinks a week

10%

7 drinks a week

14%

14 drinks a week

28%

How can I lower my risk of breast cancer?

The simple answer is to drink less, but that can be hard to do. Scroll down for a few tips for drinking less.

How can I lower my risk of breast cancer?

The simple answer is to drink less, but that can be hard to do. Scroll down for a few tips for drinking less!

How can I lower my risk of breast cancer?

The simple answer is to drink less, but that can be hard to do. Scroll down for a few tips for drinking less!

Go slow.

Sip your drink, don’t slam it. Make your next drink soda, water, or juice. And have something to eat—having food in your belly can slow how quickly your body absorbs the alcohol.

Try a little dry.

Decide not to drink a few days each week. Or take a break from drinking for a week or two to see how you feel physically and emotionally without alcohol. Taking a break can be a good way to start drinking less.

Keep count.

Being aware of how much you’re drinking can help you drink less. Of course, there’s an app for that! Check the list on our Resources page, or just keep a mental note of what you’re drinking. Want to know more about what a “drink” even is? Check our What’s a Drink? page to find out.

Get support.

Cutting down on your drinking isn’t always easy. Let your friends know that you’re trying to cut back and that you could use their help. You can even try to drink less together. Yay friends!

Stick with it.

For most people, it takes several tries to cut down or stop drinking altogether, even if they don’t have a drinking problem. You’ll probably have ups and downs, but that’s okay as long as you keep trying to reach your long-term goal.

Try a little dry.

Decide not to drink a few days each week. Or take a break from drinking for a week or two to see how you feel physically and emotionally without alcohol. Taking a break can be a good way to start drinking less.

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Go slow.

Sip your drink, don’t slam it. Make your next drink soda, water, or juice. And have something to eat—having food in your belly can slow how quickly your body absorbs the alcohol.

scroll down

Keep count.

Being aware of how much you’re drinking can help you drink less. Of course, there’s an app for that! Check the list on our Resources page, or just keep a mental note of what you’re drinking. Want to know more about what a “drink” even is? Check our What’s a Drink? page to find out.

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Get support.

Cutting down on your drinking isn’t always easy. Let your friends know that you’re trying to cut back and that you could use their help. You can even try to drink less together. Yay friends!

scroll down

Stick with it.

For most people, it takes several tries to cut down or stop drinking altogether, even if they don’t have a drinking problem. You’ll probably have ups and downs, but that’s okay as long as you keep trying to reach your long-term goal.

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Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. About 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. And we know drinking alcohol increases that risk. But what does this risk really mean if you’re young, healthy, and you enjoy a drink or two with friends? We wanted to know that, too, so we asked young women what they think about the link between alcohol and breast cancer.

What does it mean to you?

Find out more about breast cancer risks.

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Your health is important! The next time you’re pouring a drink, think about what you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Your breasts will thank you for it. And we can help. We’ve got lots of info on what alcohol does to your body, how to reduce your drinking, and how to keep your breasts healthy and happy. Want to learn how to do a breast self-exam? Visit our Resources page. Or check out All About Risk to learn the nitty-gritty about how alcohol affects your body.

And if you have any questions for us or just want to say “Hey!” get in touch. You’ll get a personal response from someone on our research team, not some annoying bot. We’d love to hear from you.

Between 4-10% of breast cancer cases each year are thought to be due to alcohol use (we got this estimate from this paper). We used the middle of that range—7%—and multiplied it by 276,480, the estimated number of new breast cancer cases in 2020 (we got this estimate here). That equals 19,354.