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ASCO Guideline on Alcohol Consumption and Cancer

J Clin Oncol; 2018 Jan; LoConte, Brewster, et al

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released a statement on alcohol and cancer. The goals of this statement are to:

  • Promote public education about the risks between alcohol abuse and certain types of cancer.
  • Support policy efforts to reduce the risk of cancer through evidence-based strategies that prevent excessive use of alcohol.
  • Provide education to oncology providers about the influence of excessive alcohol use and cancer risks and treatment complications, including clarification of conflicting evidence.
  • Identify areas of needed research regarding the relationship between alcohol use and cancer risk and outcomes.


LoConte N, Brewster A, Kaur J, Merrill J, Alberg A. Alcohol and cancer: A statement of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. J Clin Oncol. 2018;36(1):83-93. doi:10.1200/JCO.2017.76.1155.