Cut drinking to reduce risk of cancer, says new guidance from United Kingdom

BMJ reports that new guidelines from all four UK chief medical officers warn that drinking any level of alcohol raises the risk of a range of cancers. An expert advisory group examined the evidence from 44 systematic reviews and meta-analyses published since a 1995 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. Another recent report from the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity said that between 4% and 6% of all new cancers in the UK in 2013 were caused by alcohol consumption.

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