Excessive Alcohol Consumption is a Major Risk Factor for Cancer

A European study has found that 10% of cancers in men and 3% of cancers in women were attributable at least in part to the consumption of alcohol. These were predominantly aerodigestive tract, liver and colorectal cancers, and in women, breast cancer. This study has led to discussion on reducing the recommended upper limit of alcohol consumption to 12g for women and 24g for men.

Schütze M. et al (2011) Alcohol attributable burden of incidence of cancer in eight European countries based on results from prospective cohort study British Medical Journal doi:10.0016/bmj.d1584

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