The facts we all should know

FACT #15

Did you know there is no EU requirement to warn consumers of 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.

Show me the science

WHO, International Agency for Research on Cancer

Healthy Ireland Survey 2021, Department of Health, Ireland, ecember 2021

Praud, D., Rota, M., Rehm, J., Shield, K., Zatoński, W., Hashibe, M., La Vecchia, C. and Boffetta, P., (2016). Cancer incidence and mortality attributable to alcohol consumption. International journal of cancer, 138(6), pp.1380-1387

Connor, J., 2017. Alcohol consumption as a cause of cancer. Addiction, 112(2), pp.222-228

Pimpin, L., Cortez-Pinto, H., Negro, F., Corbould, E., Lazarus, J.V., Webber, L., Sheron, N. and EASL HEPAHEALTH Steering Committee, 2018. Burden of liver disease in Europe: epidemiology and analysis of risk factors to identify prevention policies. Journal of hepatology, 69(3), pp.718-735.

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