New data that has been released by an Australian charity has confirmed that regular alcohol consumption over a lifetime significantly increases a person’s risk of mouth and throat cancer.
The researchers found that an average lifetime consumption of four or more standard alcoholic drinks per day more than doubles the risk of mouth and throat cancer compared to those who didn’t drink at all.
Craig Sinclair who is Head of Prevention at Cancer Council Victoria said that because of this link, it’s important that people correctly assess how much alcohol they are actually consuming on a daily basis. He commented:
“The findings of the Cohort study add to the already considerable body of evidence on the new link between alcohol and cancer. Long-term alcohol consumption causes an estimated 2,950 new cancer cases each year in Australia. To put it into context, this means about the same number of Australians die from alcohol-related cancers as from melanoma.”
Additional studies have found that as well as being a risk factor for mouth and throat cancer, regular alcohol use is also linked to other cancers such as oesophagus, bowel (colon and rectum), liver and female breast.
Worryingly however, a separate online poll assessing people’s attitudes towards the health risks of alcohol revealed that nearly half of respondents (46%) feel alcohol makes no difference and weren’t sure if it had any effect on a person’s risk of developing cancer or not. Furthermore, only one in eight (13%) had an accurate understanding of the number of units in a bottle of wine.
The results have raised serious concerns that people are either not aware of the health implications or they’re simply choosing to ignore them. If you think that you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol, please feel free to visit our Alcohol Addition Treatment and Rehabilitation Page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also contact us today for help.