Alcohol drinking has long been known to cause cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, and liver (IARC Monographs Volume 44, 1988). The addition of breast cancer and colorectal cancer, two of the most common cancers worldwide, to this list indicates that the burden of cancer attributable to alcohol consumption is higher than previously thought. "The scientific evidence relating alcohol drinking to an increased risk of cancer continues to grow as does the contribution of alcohol drinking to the global cancer burden. (Read the entire Press Release from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) HERE)
WHO IARC also reports that "nearly 2 billion adults worldwide are estimated to consume alcoholic beverages regularly, with an average daily consumption of 13 g of ethanol (about one drink). Alcohol consumption has already been shown to cause cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, colorectum, liver and female breast; there is now also some evidence for cancer of the pancreas. The relative risk of breast cancer increases with increasing alcohol intake by about 10% per 10g/day." (Source: IARC)
The activities of the Association of European Cancer Leagues's activities in the area of alcohol and cancer are mainly in collaboration with Eurocare, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance. ECL is a founding member of the European Alcohol and Health Forum and has a shared commitment with Eurocare. ECL's commitment into the Alcohol and Health Forum has not been updated this year, due to ECL's joining the other health NGOs in resigning from the Forum. The Press Release on 3 June from Eurocare summarises this group resignation.
See the summary document on our commiment into the Forum here.