Drinking frequency linked to cancer risk

FREQUENT alcohol consumption increases women’s risk of cancer mortality by nearly a third, a study suggests.

The research found high frequency drinking drives the increased risk of all-site cancers among women, whereas among men increased risk is linked to the quantity consumed, with more than three drinks on ‘drinking days’ raising risk by 24%.

Pooled data from more than 324,000 US men and women, including more than 8000 cancer deaths, showed there was a mechanism between alcohol and cancer that could be used to counsel patients, addiction specialist Professor Jon Currie said.

“GPs don’t have to feel they are being moralistic to patients when talking about cutting down their alcohol consumption; it’s clearly now evidence based,” he said. 

Professor Currie, director of addiction medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, was architect of 2009 NHMRC guidelines that recommended no more