|CANCER & TREATMENTS FOR CANCER CENTER PATIENTS PREVENTION & RISK ASSESSMENT CLINICAL TRIALS & RESEARCH LIVING WITH CANCER|
Once you have made the decision to quit drinking, you may have to make an effort to stick to it. Of course, the opportunity to have "just one" will arise. It is important to remember that even moderate drinking can aggravate your head and neck condition.
Whenever you are in either one of the high risk situations identified in the prior section, or whether you are simply in a position where alcohol happens to be available, try to recall the advantages and disadvantages of having a drink.
For example, if the situation is that you have a friend over to watch television and you just feel like having a beer, you could consider the following:
Always keep in mind that drinking any quantity of alcohol increases your risk of a second head and neck cancer.
Review the situations you've already identified as being risky for you and think about how you will handle these situations. Thinking about these situations ahead of time will help you when/if you do encounter them.
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