Most English people unaware of link between alcohol and cancer

It is estimated that around  87 per cent of the public don’t associate the increased risk of cancer with drinking alcohol.

A report, commissioned by Cancer Research UK, and produced by researchers from the University of Sheffield. The findings of the report were based on findings from a nationally representative online survey of over 2,000 people.

The report states that alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing seven different forms of cancer – mouth, throat, oesophageal (food pipe), laryngeal (voice box), liver, breast and bowel. When questioned about health conditions that can result from drinking only 13% of the respondents said cancer. Asking respondents about specific cancers 80% listed liver cancer but only 18%

In addition, when asked about specific cancer types, 80 per cent said they thought alcohol caused liver cancer but only 18 per cent were aware of any association with breast cancer.

Source: Cancer Research UK