Ever wondered how much alcohol it takes to cause cancer? Well the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has an answer. They have found that just three drinks a day is enough to cause liver cancer.
After assessing 34 studies which included 8.2 million people, more than 25,500 of whom had liver cancer, scientists found there was a strong link between 3 or more drinks a day and liver cancer.
“Around three or more drinks per day can be enough to cause liver cancer,” said Amanda Mclean, director of the charity’s UK branch. “Until now we were uncertain about the amount of alcohol likely to lead to liver cancer. But the research reviewed in this report is strong enough, for the first time, to be more specific about this.”
According to the Alcohol Health Alliance, which is a group of health organisations, the findings of this review mean containers of alcohol should come with a serious health warning.
“Alcohol, like tobacco and asbestos, is a class 1 carcinogen and it is totally unacceptable that the public is not provided with such basic information”, said Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, the alliance’s chair. He added “This report shows that there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer prevention. It’s time for the government to take action to minimise the risk of harm, including ensuring that labels carry mandatory health warnings and lists of ingredients to standards that are developed independently from groups with vested interests.”
Currently liver cancer affects one in every 100 men and 1 in every 200 women in the UK. It has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer. The new research shows that if people abstain from drinking and maintain a normal weight, 24% of liver cancer cases could be prevented.
This means the British public will need to take a serious look at their drinking habits to prevent the number of deaths from liver cancer from growing.