Alcohol Justice recently reported that there is a risk of certain types of cancer associated with alcohol use — even with moderate use. This is sobering news — but is this something that will cause a young person to change his or her behavior, especially “in the moment”?
NPR delves into this question. A recent study show that, among students who thought there was some risk of alcohol-related cancer, there was a high percentage who said they were less likely to drink to excess. The impact on youth of the alcohol-cancer connection is partially due to the “novelty factor”, says sources who talked to NPR. Since this is relatively new information to them, it stands out, makes young people think — and potentially changes their behavior.
However, will this deter them at the moment of choosing to drink — when peer pressure, feelings of invulnerability, social norms, and more have a strong pull?
- Alcohol Is A Leading Cause of Cancer, Even With Moderate Use – Alcohol Justice
- Can Fear Of Cancer Keep College Kids From Binge Drinking? – NPR.org
- Alcohol Use and Cancer – American Cancer Society
- Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Cancer – NIAAA.org