Cut drinking to reduce risk of cancer, says new guidanceBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i109 (Published 08 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i109
- Jacqui Wise
New guidelines from all four UK chief medical officers warn that drinking any level of alcohol raises the risk of a range of cancers.1
An expert advisory group examined the evidence from 44 systematic reviews and meta-analyses published since its 1995 Sensible Drinking report and concluded that there was strong evidence that the risk of a range of cancers, particularly breast cancer, increased directly in line with consumption of any amount of alcohol (table⇓).
The guidelines came out at the same time as a report from the Committee on Carcinogenicity, a UK non-statutory advisory body, which said that between 4% and 6% of all new cancers in the UK in 2013 were caused by alcohol consumption.2 This report said that research now showed a statistically significant increase in the risk of cancer at low, medium, …