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Lesson 5: Alcohol & Tobacco- Page 4
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Lesson 5
Lesson 5





Misconceptions of alcohol benefits

Some believe that drinking beer is beneficial during pregnancy because it gives the baby good skin. In reality, drinking during pregnancy is harmful to the fetus because the child can develop fetal alcohol syndrome. The child will have mental and physical delays.  

Some people also believe that having a drink helps them to sleep better. There is no scientific evidence that drinking alcohol will be beneficial for sleeping. Rather, try taking a warm shower or have a warm cup of milk before going to bed.

The link between alcohol and cancer

Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the head and neck and of the liver, and in women it increases their risk of breast cancer. The risk greatly increases when the person smokes in addition to drinking alcohol.