Alcohol use and alcohol-related deaths have increased sharply in Wisconsin and across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is worrisome news for cancer control and prevention, as alcohol use is linked to at least seven types of cancer. April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, with a special focus on alcohol and cancer during the week of April 18-24. We invite you use the following resources to learn more and raise awareness about the alcohol-cancer connection:
|A Sobering Trend: Alcohol Deaths Up Sharply in Wisconsin
Alcohol-related deaths rose almost 25% in Wisconsin in 2020, the biggest one-year increase in more than 20 years. Learn more in this recent report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum.
|Read the report
|Alcohol and Cancer: Tools to Raise Awareness
Our Alcohol and Cancer program page includes several resources to help you talk about the alcohol-cancer connection with patients, families, and community members. Resources include infographics, FAQs, and media talking points.
|Explore the resources
|Moving Forward: Policies and Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use
The State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse recommends ways to decrease excessive alcohol use in Wisconsin, with specific strategies for communities, health care organizations, government agencies, and others. A WCC member organization, the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project, contributed expertise to this report.
|Read the report
Plus: Do you know someone interested in reducing their alcohol intake? These tips from our “Dry January” article can help.
Our Outreach Team can help you implement strategies to reduce alcohol use and raise awareness about alcohol and cancer. Connect with us to learn more.
|Reducing excessive alcohol consumption is an important part of the Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030.
|See how this connects to the WI Cancer Plan