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Alcohol Awareness Week w/c 19 November: Facts about alcohol and its associated cancer risks

The most recent data from Public Health England’s Local Alcohol Profiles for England states: that in Leeds 30.7% of adults drink over 14 units of alcohol a week. This is higher than for England (25.7%) and Yorkshire and Humberside (26.2%).

Here are some interesting facts about alcohol and its associated cancer risks:

  • Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer, but
  • Scientists have found that some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol than others, and
  • Every year drinking too much alcohol causes 3% of cancer cases in the UK, around 11,900 cases each year (1,2)
  • The highest proportion of cases linked to alcohol were in mouth and upper throat cancers (more than a third) (1)
  • But breast cancers accounted for the greatest overall number of cases linked to alcohol (around 4,400 cases a year) (1)
  • In fact, alcohol is associated with 7 types of cancer
  • Whether it’s in wine, beer or spirits it’s the alcohol itself that leads to the damage
  • Drinking and smoking together are even worse for you
  • If the current trends in alcohol consumption continue over the next 20 years it is estimated it will cause
    • 135,000 cancer deaths(3)
    • £2Bn in cancer costs to the NHS(3)
    • 1.2m hospital admissions (3)
  • So, the less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer
  • UK Government guidelines for low risk (not safe) drinking recommend that men and women who drink regularly do not exceed 14 units of alcohol per week(4)

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Following this link:

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/alcohol-and-cancer/alcohol-facts-and-evidence#alcohol_facts10

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