Heavy drinkers risking mouth cancer

In collaboration with the Press Association

Heavy-drinking Britons are greatly increasing their risks of mouth cancer, the British Dental Health Foundation has warned.

Heavy alcohol-use increases the risk of mouth cancer fourfold, rising to 30-fold among drinkers who also smoke

"Most people are aware that smoking increases your cancer risk but not everyone realises just how dangerous excessive alcohol consumption can be," said Dr Nigel Carter of the foundation.

"People are drinking more and more these days and, with many so called 'social smokers' having a cigarette while they drink the likelihood is that the number of mouth cancer cases will continue to rise until people are forced to take notice."

The warning comes ahead of national Mouth Cancer Awareness Week, runs from November 12 to 18.