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MARQUETTE — April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. This is a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol, according to an Inter-Triabal Council of Michigan press release.

Alcohol use is one of the “most important preventable risk factors for cancer, along with tobacco use and excess body weight,” according to American Cancer Society data cited in the release.

Alcohol accounts for about 6% of all cancers and 4% of all cancer deaths in the United States, but many people don’t know about the link between alcohol use and cancer, officials said. The ACS identified alcohol use linked with cancers of the: mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon and rectum, and breast.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 recommend that if you drink alcohol at all, drink in moderation, meaning no more than one drink a day for women, and no more than two drinks a day for men. If you don’t drink, don’t start drinking because of any possible health benefits, officials said in the release.

For more information, visit www.itcmi.org and follow the Inter-Tribal Council on Facebook and Instagram @intertribalcouncilmichigan.

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation duly organized under a state charter filed April 16, 1968. The agency represents all twelve federally recognized tribes in Michigan. The agency is divided into several different divisions, including: headstart; early headstart; health services; behavioral health; environmental services; child, family, and education services; and administration.

The agency employs approximately 160 employees. 35 of these employees are based in the agency’s central office in Sault Ste. Marie, while member tribes have offices and staff on site. Visit http://www.itcmi.org/ to learn more about the agency.

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