Alcohol consumption

Joint Letter I Alcohol consumption is a major preventable risk factor for cancer

In December 2021, the European Parliament’s special committee on action against cancer (BECA) adopted its INI report how to strengthen the role of the EU in the fight against cancer. Ahead of the next plenary session of the European Parliament, where the final report will be voted on, a joint letter has been sent to MEPs in which a diverse coalition of associations, including the European Public Health Alliance, calls for the protection of the paragraph 15, 16 and 44 of the BECA report.

In this report, the Committee calls for a stronger EU commitment to implementing policies that effectively address the sources and social determinants of cancer, thereby emphasizing cancer prevention. Notably, the report promotes action against alcohol consumption, a major preventable risk factor for cancer which, in 2020, accounted for around 181,000 cases in Europe alone. Although a low or moderate intake poses less risk, no amount of alcohol is good for our health.

The debate on the report Strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer is scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, and the final vote on this set of recommendations will take place the following day, February 16.