Even light and moderate drinking – up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men – could increase the risk of cancer, say researchers.
The work in the British Medical Journal looked at two large US studies involving more than 100,000 adults.
The clearest link was for breast cancer.
There is no guaranteed safe level of drinking, but if you drink within the recommended daily limits, the risks of harming your health are low, they say.
- Alcohol is linked to an increased risk of mouth, throat, gullet, bowel, liver and breast cancer
- Smoking and drinking together further increases cancer risk
- All types of alcohol increase cancer risk
- The more you drink, the higher the risk
- Cutting down on alcohol can reduce cancer risk
Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK and an applicant for UKCTAS called for mandatory health warnings on alcohol labels to help consumers make an informed choice.
“We all have a right to know what we are putting into our bodies and, at the minute, consumers are being denied this right.”