Alcohol and cancer: knowing the risks (2017)

Alcohol is a group 1 carcinogen and is linked to an increased risk of seven types of cancer. The latest alcohol consumption guidelines explain that there is no completely safe level of drinking, and therefore any amount of alcohol you drink increases your risk of developing cancer.

However, only around one in ten people are aware of the link between alcohol and cancer, and in the UK we continue to drink substantially more than we did 50 years ago.

We need to ensure the public are aware of the link between alcohol and cancer. We also need measures to reduce how much people drink overall, which will in turn reduce their risk of cancer.

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