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14/10/2014

European Alcohol Policy Alliance warmly welcomes the New European Code Against Cancer

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) congratulates the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the European Commission on the release of the updated 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer, and hopes that the combined efforts of all stakeholders will lead to a significant reduction in cancer cases.

The first conclusive links between alcohol and cancer were established back in 1987[1], yet nearly 25 years later public awareness about these links is alarmingly low. For example, the 2010 Eurobarometer report found that 1 in 5 European citizens still do not believe that there is connection between alcohol and cancer[2].

The ethanol found in all alcoholic beverages is classified as group 1 carcinogen. As revealed in the report, there is “no doubt” that alcohol can cause cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectum and breast.

Mariann Skar, Eurocare Secretary General, commented: “We support the 4th European Code Against Cancer and are delighted with the clear message it conveys in relation to the consumption of alcohol. We would like to call on all actors, public and private, to help raise awareness about the fact that alcohol contributes to cancer development. We all have the right to know not only what is in our drinks but also what side effects they cause to our health.”

The message in relation to alcohol consumption in the new European Code Against Cancer is: If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention.

Eurocare has been advocating for health warning labels as one of the tools to cost-effectively raise awareness about dangers caused by alcohol consumption.

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For more information please contact:

Mariann Skar, Secretary General
European Alcohol Policy Alliance
Email mariann.skar@eurocare.org
GSM: +32 (0) 474 830 041
Website: www.eurocare.org
EUROCARE (The European Alcohol Policy Alliance) is an alliance of non-governmental and public health organisations with around 57 member organisations across 25 European countries advocating the prevention and reduction of alcohol related harm in Europe. www.eurocare.org

[1] International Agency for Research on Cancer, volume 44 Monographs

[2]Retrieved from: http://ec.europa.eu/health/alcohol/docs/ebs_331_en.pdf