Alcohol and cancer videos


 If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake.


Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention.


The more alcohol consumed, the higher the risk.

The bottom line is that any amount of alcoholic intake poses a threat to your health. 18g of alcohol per day (just under 2 regular glasses of wine or 1.3 pints of beer) significantly increases the risk.

Volume 96 of the IARC Monographs found there to be ‘sufficient evidence for the carcinogenicity of alcoholic beverages in humans. The occurrence of malignant tumours of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus and liver is causally related to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.’ Since 1987, connections between alcohol intake and cancer of the breast, colorectum and liver have also been identified. Indeed, the 2010 monograph identified a relative increased risk for breast cancer for which ‘regular consumption of even 18 g of alcohol per day the relative risk is significantly increased. ‘ 18g per day is equivalent to just under 2 regular glasses of wine or champagne, 1.3 pints of beer or nearly 6cl of whiskey. Likewise, the monographs confirm an increased relative risk in colorectal cancer for regular drinkers of 50g of alcohol per day.

See the newly revised 4th Revision of the European Code Against Cancer which states that “If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention.”

The Association of European Cancer Leagues promotes the European Code Against Cancer through its member leagues. You can join us every year in the last week of May to promote the Code and share this knowledge with your friends and family.

“It is an unfortunate reality that alcohol is a drug that causes cancer, in fact alcohol causes approximately one in every ten cancers in the EU. Consumers of alcohol have a basic right to be informed of this unfortunate reality, just as they must be informed, by law, of the side effects of all the other drugs that are legally available to purchase. Consumers of  alcohol can substantially lower their risk of developing cancer by drinking less, and drinking less often”

Dr Nick Sheron, Royal College of Physicians

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