Our policy on alcohol

Alcohol is a known cause of cancer. The more a person drinks the greater their risk of cancer. Reducing the number of people who drink at harmful levels is important for reducing the number of avoidable cancers in the UK.

The UK population drinks substantially more than they did 50 years ago. This sustained increase is putting a large proportion of the UK at increased risk of cancer. Cancer Research UK’s is making the case for a comprehensive alcohol strategy to reduce drinking in the UK to levels where the risks are minimal.

Reducing drinking levels means understanding the issues behind its growth in recent decades. Measures to reduce the affordability of alcohol and to restrict young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising are needed if we want to reduce drinking to historic levels and reduce the risk of cancer in the UK.


Health First: an independent alcohol strategy, part funded by Cancer Research UK

March 2013

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Cancer Research UK/ Alcohol Health Alliance report on Alcohol and Cancer

March 2013

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Cancer Research UK response to the Welsh Government's Public Health White Paper consultation

September 2014

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Our response to the consultation on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy

January 2013

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Our submission to the Commons Health Select Committee Inquiry into the Government’s Alcohol Strategy

May 2012

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Cancer Research UK works closely with the Alcohol Health Alliance

Our letter to the Secretary of State on our withdrawal from the Public Health Responsibility Deal

July 2013

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Contact us

Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our policy on preventing cancer.

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020 3469 8360 

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