Alcohol Linked to Seven Forms of Cancer in Recent Study


Put down your drink! It turns out that alcohol is capable of causing seven forms of cancer, even if you consume moderately, according to a new study. Health experts supported the findings and state that more educational campaigns about the dangers of alcohol should arise. There are many people who are unaware of this fact, and that is simply reckless. The analysis led to renewed calls for regular drinkers to be persuaded to take days without alcohol, and for alcohol packaging to have warning labels.

Fresh analysis of evidence built up over the last couple of years shows that alcohol can lead to the development of cancer in the breast, colon, liver among other areas. The research, which was published in the scientific journal Addiction, finishes that there is more than just a link or association between both alcohol and cancer. There is now enough evidence to conclude that alcohol is a direct cause of the disease, Jennie Connor, from the preventive and social medicine department at Otago University in New Zealand, said.

“There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others,” Connor added. “Even without complete knowledge of biological mechanisms [of how alcohol causes cancer], the epidemiological evidence can support the judgment that alcohol causes cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast.”

More and more evidence has indicated that alcohol was also probable to lead to skin, prostate, and pancreatic cancer, she included. Highlighting that a drinker’s risk increased in relation to the amount of consumption, Connor stated: “For all these, there is a dose-response relationship… The highest risks are associated with the heaviest drinking but a considerable burden is experienced by drinkers with low to moderate consumption, due to the distribution of drinking in the population.”


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