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Alcohol Related Diseases

In Europe alcohol is the 3rd leading risk factor for disease and death.

Alcohol is a cause of some 60 different types of disease and condition, including:

- cancers
- liver disease
- cardiovascular diseases
- gastrointestinal conditions
- immunological disorders
- lung diseases
- skeletal and muscular diseases
- reproductive disorders
- pre- natal harm, including and increased risk of prematurity and low birth

Both the amount of lifetime alcohol use and frequency of drinking and amount drunk per incident increase the risk of alcohol related harm, largely in a dose dependent manner.

Alcohol is neurotoxic to brain development. leading to structural changes in the hippocampus in young age and reduces brain capabilities.

Alcohol is a intoxicant affecting a wide range of structures and processes in the central nervous system; the process of dependence occurs through its reinforcing properties and neuroadaptation

Eurocare Press Releases

05/02/2014

Alcohol and Cancer- the forgotten link

The World Health Organisation has warned about the growing burden of cancer at an alarming pace and emphasised the urgent implementation of efficient prevention strategies.

07/02/2011

Eurocare strongly supports World Cancer Day

Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance) strongly supports the World Cancer Day and hopes that combined efforts of all stakeholders will lead to significant reduction in cancer cases.

01/06/2006

Landmark EU report shows the full burden of alcohol in Europe

Each year alcohol kills 115.000 people in Europe and costs 125 billion euros to EU society. This is equivalent to 1.3% GDP.

Brussels, 1 June 2006:A 400 page report analysing the health, social and economic impact of alcohol in Europe, has been released today by the European Commission, setting out the scientific evidence that will inform the Commission's first-ever strategy on alcohol due out later this year.

30/05/2011

Alcohol and Cancer- the forgotten link

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in Europe, nearly around 2.5 million EU citizens are diagnosed with cancer yearly. As many as 30% of cancers can be prevented if we make the healthier choices.

Publications and Resources

02/08/2012

Alcohol and Cancer website

www.alcoholandcancer.eu

It is a product of collaboration between ECL and Eurocare and which aims to inform European populations about the link between the two.

10% of cancers in men and 3% in women can be attributed to drinking alcohol. First conclusive links between alcohol and cancer were established back in 1987 yet 25 years later only 36% of EU citizens are sure of this link. The 2010 Eurobarometer report found that 1 in 5 European citizens do not believe that there is a connection between alcohol and cancer and 1 in 10 do not know about the link.

02/08/2012

European Association for the Study of the Liver

www.easl.eu

Excessive alcohol consumption is the cause of severe liver diseases such as liver cirrhosis, fatty liver and cancer.

News

06/07/2012

www.alcoholandcancer.eu - new website on alcohol and cancer

This website is a product of collaboration between ECL and Eurocare and which aims to inform European populations about the link between the two.

06/02/2012

Alcohol and cancer the forgotten link

4th of February marked the World Cancer Day, this disease is the leading cause of death in several European countries. Alcohol increases the risk of getting cancer

20/10/2011

NCDs high on the agenda in the European Parliament

Alcohol is one of the top four risk causes and need to be acknowledged and get the needed attention

03/11/2011

New research on breast cancer and moderate alcohol consumption

Low or moderate alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer by 15%

04/02/2014

Alcohol and Cancer- the forgotten link

The World Health Organisation has warned about the growing burden of cancer at an alarming pace and emphasised the urgent implementation of efficient prevention strategies.

The often forgotten link in the prevention efforts is the one between alcohol and cancer. There is no level of consumption that is safe as far as cancer is concerned.