Date PostedMarch 10, 2013

Alcohol Induced Cancer Deaths on the Increase in USA

Making sure that you do not serve alcohol to unduly intoxicated customers is part of RSA law. Avoiding contributing to binge drinking and the many social problems that it inspires is something taught by the Responsible Service of Alcohol course.

Every person who works in a licenced venue must ensure that they are in possession of their Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate. The course can be completed online and a copy of the certificate obtained must be kept on the premises where they are employed in case authorities request it.

But why is serving alcohol responsibly such an important issue? Never before in history has so much evidence existed of the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumed in moderation has numerous benefits but like most things in life when consumed excessively presents a wealth of problems – physical and emotional.

Now a study has proven that alcohol abuse is one the greatest causes of cancer deaths in The United States. An article on explains that although we often criticise smoking as the leading cause of cancer many people are unaware that alcohol is also a leading cause of preventable deaths by the chronic disease.

Read what the article says below:

beer-generic_620x350A new study published in the April 2013 issue of the American Journal of Public Health shows that about 20,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. a year — about 3.5 percent of all cancer-related deaths — are caused by alcohol consumption.

“The relationship between alcohol and cancer is strong, but is not widely appreciated by the public and remains underemphasized even by physicians,” senior author Dr. Timothy Naimi, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, said in a press release. “Alcohol is a big preventable cancer risk factor that has been hiding in plain sight.”

The World Health Organization has labeled alcohol as the world’s third largest risk factor for disease burden, saying it can cause neuropsychiatric disorders and other chronic diseases such as heart diseases, cirrhosis of the liver and various cancers. It added that 30 percent of cancer deaths are caused by five behavioral and dietary factors, including high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and alcohol use.

Read the full article on:

According to research around 4 per cent of cancer deaths worldwide were caused by alcohol. Researchers found that 18,178 to 21,284 alcohol-attributable cancer deaths occurred in 2009, making up 3.2 percent to 3.7 percent of all cancer deaths.Also researchers deduced that alcohol-related cancer death took away an average of 18 potential years from a person’s life.Cancer related to alcohol consumption comes from excessive drinking which is the riskiest type of drinking.

In order to avoid health risks associated with excessive drinking:

  • Men should not regularly drink more than 3 to 4 standard drinks a day
  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2 to 3 standard drinks a day.

Drinking in moderation is the only way to ensure that you do not risk your health and safety and ensuring that customers drink in moderation is an important part of a server’s responsibility.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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