5 facts about alcohol and cancer

“This factsheet provides five important facts for policy makers, health professionals and the general public about the links between alcohol consumption and a range of cancer types.

This affects not only people who drink alcohol but also their families, friends and communities.

  1. Alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer
  2. The most common types of cancer due to alcohol are different for men and women
  3. The risk of cancer from alcohol consumption increases from the first drink
  4. Using tobacco as well as alcohol multiplies cancer risks
  5. Cancers due to alcohol consumption are preventable”

Find more from WHO Europe (May 2021)

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