Binge drinking gave me cancer … story sold to Daily Mail

University graduate Claire Whittle’s real life story about how she believes binge drinking as a student raised her risk of cancer appeared in the DAILY MAIL newspaper at the weekend.

At the age of 24 Claire went into rehab to battle with her alcohol addiction. But after just four months she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although Claire, now 26, is currently in remission, her consultant has since advised her not to have another drink as it could raise the chance of her cancer returning.
Since then Claire, who is about to begin an MA in the effects of drugs and alcohol on society, has discovered there is a lot of evidence that shows alcohol, especially drinking to excess, is implicated in breast cancer.
Claire wanted to sell her story to a newspaper to warn other young women about drinking to excess.
She says: “I thought the story looked great in the paper. I only hope my story serves as a warning to any other young women who binge drink that it might be affecting your health in a way you might never have imagined.”
At the same time Claire wanted to raise money to help towards the expenses of studying for her master’s degree.
There has been a lot of interest in Claire’s true story and several magazines were also interested. Her story has now been sold to a major women’s weekly magazine where a follow-up will be appearing in a few weeks time over two pages.
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Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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