Alcohol raises risk of seven different cancers, Aussie study shows

Findings are important given 16% of Australians average more than two drinks a day, say researchers

Consumption of more than 14 standard drinks a week is linked to an increased absolute lifetime risk of developing an alcohol-related cancer of 5.4% for women and 4.4% for men, new data show.

Researchers, led by Dr Peter Sarich (PhD) from Cancer Council NSW, say the results from the largest Australian cohort to date strengthened the case for adding cancer risk to alcoholic beverage labelling.

“Our results matched the international evidence that alcohol increases the risk of seven different cancer types,” Dr Sarich said.