Alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancer, according to a study
published this week in the Lancet, boosted to this position by its high ranking among men.
Alcohol was responsible for 7·4%, of all lost disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in men in 2019, placing it a distant second after tobacco, which contributed 33·9%.
Alcohol was responsible for around half the percentage of DALYs lost to cancer for women, meaning it was down to seventh place. Unsafe sex and dietary risks taking second and third spots in the ranking.
Combining the high ranking among men with the lower ranking among women meant rose to being the second biggest contributor of lost DALYs (see chart). The ranking positions were largely unchanged since 2010.