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UK residents urged to drink less to reduce their risk of breast cancer

The health benefits of the occasional glass of red wine have been highly touted by oenophiles, but many experts have long-suspected that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to health problems later in life.

According to the BBC, a campaign, titled 'Reduce your drinking, reduce your risk of breast cancer' has been launched in Ireland to urge women to lessen the amount of alcohol that they drink and to promote breast cancer awareness.

Dr Carolyn Harper, Director of Public Health at the Public Health Agency, told the news source that research has indicated that women tend to be unaware that drinking has a direct link to breast cancer.

"If you drink more than the recommended daily guidelines, you put your health at risk, she told the news source. "This campaign carries the positive message that by reducing your drinking, you can reduce your risk of breast cancer."

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which included over 1 million participants, found that even low to moderate alcohol consumption can lead to an risk of certain kinds of cancers, including breast cancer.
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