More people are diagnosed with cancer caused by alcohol each year than can fit in Wimbledon's Centre Court, an expert has warned.
More than 20,000 people a year are diagnosed with a cancer that could have been prevented if they had not drunk any alcohol at all, said Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).
This is about 5,000 more than the capacity of Centre Court, which seats 15,000 people.
However, Prof Wiseman said that even those people who find it difficult to not drink at all should keep their intake as low as possible.
Around 10,000 cases of breast cancer a year are linked to drinking while bowel cancer, liver cancer, oesophageal cancer and cancer of the mouth, pharynx and larynx are also associated with drink.
Prof Wiseman said there was "convincing scientific evidence" that drinking alcohol increases risk of cancer.
He recommended that, if people drink at all, they have no more than two drinks a day if they are a man and one if they are a woman.
"It is a real concern that there are so many cases of cancer every year that could have been prevented by not drinking alcohol and this is why we recommend that people drink moderately, if at all," he said.
"When we talk about numbers of cancer cases, it can be difficult to comprehend what this means.
"But by comparing it to what Centre Court looks like when it is full for a big match we hope to highlight how the stakes are.
"It is also important to emphasise that this is not a question of all or nothing.
"If people find our recommendation on alcohol too hard to follow, they can still make a positive difference to their cancer risk by reducing the amount they drink."
Source - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/h...cohol-could-fill-Wimbledons-Centre-Court.html