UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Cancers related to alcohol consumption up 50% says Foster

Press Release   •   Dec 07, 2009 11:13 GMT

Cancers which are linked to excessive drinking have risen by up to 50% in the past decade, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

Statistics show that drinkers are more susceptible to developing certain cancers. For instance, men who drink five units a day are 2.5 times more likely to develop mouth cancer, while women who drink five units a day are 3.6 times more likely to develop liver cancer.

The figures, released in answer to Parliamentary Questions, show that since 1997 there has been:

  • A 43% rise in liver cancer

  • A 53% increase in mouth cancers

  • A 20% increase in cancer of the oesophagus

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, Don Foster said:

“Excessive drinking has been on the rise for years, and these shocking figures show how dramatically the health problems of booze Britain are escalating. Ministers cannot turn a blind eye to the terrible problems alcohol is causing.

“The Government’s failure to cut alcohol consumption now is storing up problems for later, with more people set to develop cancers in the years to come.

“The appalling rise of alcohol-related health problems will only continue unless we crack down on reckless retailers and irresponsible drink offers.”