Commenting on the University of Cambridge study examining the link between alcohol and cancer, Drinkaware Director of Evidence and Impact Dr John Larsen said:

“This research offers valuable new insights into the possible biological mechanisms behind the well-evidenced link between alcohol consumption and the increased risk of cancer. 

“Over the long term, drinking alcohol increases the risk of seven different types of cancer including mouth, throat and breast cancer and the more you drink, the more your risk increases. 

“People should be in no doubt as to the links that do exist between alcohol and cancer. 

“The start of a New Year is a good opportunity for people to reflect on how often they are drinking and its potential effects on their health and to make changes, if necessary. 

“It’s important to keep the UK Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines in mind. To keep the health risks from alcohol to a low level, it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.”