Cancer linked to excessive drinking in Queensland

A new report from Cancer Council Queensland reveals hundreds of Queenslanders are being diagnosed with cancer every year because they’re drinking too much.

An estimated 760 cancer cases could be linked to the drink, with 210 cancer deaths also attributable to alcohol consumption in Queensland alone.

The numbers have prompted Cancer Council Queensland to call for greater awareness of the serious risks associated with drinking too much.


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CEO Chris McMillan said many people aren’t fully aware of the dangers associated with liquor, following the alcohol poll 2018.

“Of those surveyed, only 26 percent of people were aware of the link between alcohol misuse and mouth and throat cancer and only 16 percent were aware of the link to breast cancer.

“While around 69 percent could link alcohol misuse with liver cancer, it’s vital that more people become aware of all types of cancer, and chronic diseases, that can result from excessive drinking.

“In Queensland, approximately 200 female breast cancers, 170 colon cancers, 40 liver cancers and 185 oral cavity and pharynx cancers could be attributable to alcohol consumption annually,” she said.

Ms McMillan said that all Queenslanders could reduce their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases by making healthier lifestyle choices.

“At least one-third of all cancers are preventable through changes including limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, being SunSmart and keeping active.

“For individuals who choose to drink alcohol, we recommend that they drink only within the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for alcohol consumption of no more than two standard drinks on any one day,” she said.

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