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Half of Australians unaware excessive alcohol increases cancer risk

Many Australians are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer because they have no idea that drinking too much alcohol is an important risk factor, new research shows.


Only slightly more than half of 2,482 people surveyed by Cancer Council NSW and Monash University researchers knew that limiting drinking also cut the risk of developing cancers of the breast, liver, mouth, throat and oesophagus.


Those who reported drinking the most were least likely to be aware of the association, the study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy found.

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