Alcohol and Cancer

The link between alcohol and cancer is well established. A new report by the Alcohol Health Alliance, of which we are a member, highlights the health risks associated with both moderate and excessive alcohol consumption in relation to cancer.

Alcohol and Cancer

The link between alcohol and cancer is well established. A new report by the Alcohol Health Alliance, of which we are a member, highlights the health risks associated with both moderate and excessive alcohol consumption in relation to cancer.

Alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, voice box, breast, liver and bowel. Smoking further enhances this risk. An estimated 12,500 people are diagnosed with alcohol-related cancers in the UK each year. Around 3,200 people die from these diseases.

Evidence shows that people can significantly cut the risk of cancer by reducing the amount of alcohol they drink.

We support the call for action to be taken to reduce population-level alcohol consumption. We believe this can be achieved through a combination of measures including a minimum unit-price for alcohol and the provision of information to help inform people of the risks of alcohol.

Read the full report here: AHA Alcohol and Cancer report.

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