"Responsible drinking" has become a 21st-century mantra for how most people view alcohol consumption. But when it comes to cancer, no amount of alcohol is safe. That is the conclusion of the 2014 World Cancer Report (WCR), issued by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on CAncer (IARC).
Declared a carcinogen by the IARC in 1988, alcohol is casually related to several cancers. "We have known for a long time that alcohol causes esophaegeal cancer, says Jurgen Rehm, PhD, WCR contributor on alcohol consumptio, and Senior Scientist at the Centre of Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, "but the relationship with other tumors, such as breast cancer, has come to our attention only in the past 10-15 years.