People are at risk from serious illness including cancer, heart disease and stroke if they drink just slightly more than they should, Andrew Lansley has warned.
Bringing in a minimum price of 40 pence per unit of alcohol would cut deaths and hospital admissions, according to a UK economist.
Reducing daily alcohol intake could prevent 4,600 deaths every year, including more than 2,600 from cancer, experts from Oxford University have said.
Diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes are becoming the dominant cause of death and disability globally, a landmark international study has revealed.
Researchers have warned that many drinkers significantly underestimate the cancer risks associated with alcohol.
Over 20,000 people are diagnosed with an alcohol-related cancer each year in the UK - more than enough to fill Wimbledon's Centre Court.
In order to cut premature death rates, the world's politicians need to focus on "simple measures" like anti-tobacco policies, cutting salt levels in food, and improving...