Susannah is World Cancer Research Fund’s Science Programme Manager
It’s been all over the news today - a major review of studies has concluded that there is evidence that drinking alcohol causes a number of different types of cancer.
It confirms the results of our Continuous Update Project, which found that alcohol is strongly linked to an increased risk of six different cancers.
Not just liver cancer
Many people believe that alcohol consumption is only linked to liver cancer (see image below), but this new study confirms that there is a strong link to many more.
As well as liver cancer, our evidence shows that alcohol consumption is also a cause of cancer of the
Drinking any amount of alcohol increases your risk. We see the highest risk in the heaviest drinkers, and the less you drink the lower your extra risk is.
With such strong evidence to work with, we agree with this report’s conclusion that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer.
For cancer prevention, our recommendations have long been that people should not drink alcohol at all, but we understand that this can be easier said than done.
These findings will hopefully help people better understand the cancer risks linked to alcohol and will allow them to make more informed decisions about the amount they should drink.
Visit our website to find out more about the link between alcohol and cancer risk