It’s time to warn consumers about alcohol’s cancer risks

Alcohol is a group 1 carcinogenic agent, the highest level of carcinogenicity, but few realise it. Nearly 80% of people surveyed in Ireland were unaware of the link between alcohol and breast cancer. The introduction of health warning labels would improve the health literacy of the population on the inherent risks from alcohol use and ensure they have accurate health information to inform their decisions about alcohol use. This would support citizens’ right to know about the effects of alcohol on their health and wellbeing.