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Alcohol and
cancer risk
Drinking and smoking together
significantly increases the risk
of some cancers
3 in 10 alcohol related deaths are
due to cancer
Alcohol increases the
risk of many cancers.
The level of risk increases
with the amount of
alcohol you drink.
Breast Cancer is the number one
cause of death related to alcohol in
New Zealand women
Common cancers linked to drinking alcohol
Mouth, pharynx (upper throat)
Larynx (voice box)
There is
some evidence
that alcohol
also increases the
risk of gastric
and pancreatic
Oesophagus (food pipe)
Breast (in women)
Reducing cancer risk
more activities that don’t
involve drinking
drinking until 18 years old
or over
Cancer Information Helpline
0800 CANCER (226 237)
Source: Adapted from CSNZ Position Statement on Alcohol and Cancer Risk, June 2014.
CSNZ 2014
the amount of alcohol
you drink
to lower strength
alcoholic drinks