Think twice before serving alcoholic beverages this summer

133534243In 2014, the World Health Organization issued a report concluding that no amount of alcohol is safe. Alcohol was labeled a carcinogen (cancer causing agent) in 1988. It has long been known to increase cancer risk of the mouth and throat especially when combined with smoking.

Over the past 10 years, researchers are now learning how alcohol is also related to many other cancers including breast and colorectal. Researchers believe alcohol consumption may be related to many other cancers but these relationships are still being investigated.

A recent study found that light drinking was associated with higher risk for mouth, throat and breast cancer.The risk associated with alcohol increases with consumption, there is no “safe” amount of alcohol.

So, the next time you host a party, think about these alcohol-free drinks to serve your guests.

Sparkling Limeade

  • 1 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish (14 to 16 limes total)


  • Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Stir together lime juice and 5cups sparkling water in a large pitcher; stir in sugar syrup. Refrigerate until cold (or up 2 days in an airtight container). Garnish each serving with a lime wedge.

Raspberry Spritzer

  • 2 cup(s) seltzer
  • 2/3 cup(s) frozen raspberries
  • 2 sprig(s) fresh mint
  • 3 ounce(s) raspberry-flavored syrup
  • Ice cubes


Combine seltzer, raspberries, mint and raspberry-flavored syrup in a small pitcher. Pour over ice.

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