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News, research, opinions, statements, events, videos. Everything about this crucial, yet unknown link.


aware of alcohol/cancer link in Denmark (unprompted)


of all cancers are preventable


Swedes die from cancer caused by alcohol, yearly


Cancer deaths by alcohol in Lithuania

Exploring the Candidacy Framework: Understanding Women's Perceptions of Breast Cancer Risk and Alcohol Consumption

Interview with Professor Paul Ward, Torrens University, Adelaide, Australia: "We have shown that women’s perceptions of their breast cancer risk relative to alcohol consumption are shaped by social class. This means that public health messaging about alcohol as a breast cancer risk needs to consider the impacts of social class on both women’s alcohol use, how they perceive this risk, and their ability to act on risk. Hence, messages could be tailored to better resonate with women in differing social classes."


Bridging the Knowledge Gap: Dr Lena Sharp on Alcohol and Cancer Risk

Dr. Lena Sharp, an oncology expert and Head of Department at the Regional Cancer Center Stockholm Gotland, Sweden, has been committed to raising awareness about the link between alcohol and cancer risk. Through her work on the PrEvCan and "Alkohol ökar risken för cancer" projects, she promotes cancer prevention across Europe.

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Sharp discusses her experience in oncology, her initiatives, and her ongoing efforts to increase awareness about alcohol's impact on cancer risk. Learn about her pioneering work, the Sifo survey findings, and the PrEvCan campaign's focus on the European Code Against Cancer (ECAC).

Alcohol and cancer awareness in Nordic countries

Despite the well-established contribution of alcohol to the burden of cancer, public knowledge of the relationship between alcohol and cancer is low across the world, including Nordic countries.

When we talk about alcohol increasing the risk of cancer, there’s a little more to it than that. That’s because, as the latest research highlights, it’s one of the chemicals alcohol gets broken down into that seems to be one of the main culprits.

Alcohol is broken down via a strict process and converted into energy. And it’s acetaldehyde, at the centre of this chain, that’s the weakest link. If acetaldehyde isn’t broken down further it builds up in cells, where it damages DNA in a way that could cause cancer.


Alcohol and cancer: This is how booze damages DNA inside cells

By Aine McCarthy

Cancer Research UK

Study Probes Awareness of Alcohol’s Link to Cancer

A new study conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reveals alarming public misconceptions about the link between alcohol consumption and cancer, with most American adults unaware of the risks associated with drinking. 


Editorial - May 2023

Ireland's New Alcohol Labelling Law: A Step Forward in Public Health

Ireland, taking a significant step forward in public health policy, has mandated comprehensive health labelling on alcohol products, setting a precedent in Europe. In light of this, we explore various global studies on the socio-economic and health implications of alcohol consumption, highlighting the urgency for similar strategies worldwide to curb alcohol-related harm.

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