Do you know the dangers related to your alcohol consumption?

4th Apr 16 | Lifestyle

9 in 10 people are not aware of cancer risk associated with alcohol

Research carried out in the UK has shown that there is an alarmingly low awareness of the link of alcohol to cancer.

Surprisingly only 1 in 10 people know that drinking excessively can cause cancer. Health advocates are concerned that this lack of awareness is dangerous to the general public.

As a result they are calling for a health warning to be placed on cans and bottles of alcohol much like the health warnings that appear on cigarette packets.

The research carried out by Cancer Research UK, found only 13% of adults mentioned cancer as an associated health condition with drinking too much alcohol.

The reality is that excess alcohol consumption is associated with 7 different forms of cancer including breast, bowel, throat, liver, mouth, laryngeal and oesophageal cancer. According to Cancer Research UK alcohol causes 3,200 cases of breast cancer annually.

Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance in the UK, has also said that: “It is not just heavy drinkers who are at risk. Any amount increases the risk.”

 

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