ICA and IDF Galei Tzahal radio station frequented Tel Aviv's bustling bars and heard: "Alcohol and cancer? Didn't know they were connected"


The Israel Cancer Association's public information and education team documented the situation on the ground with Galei Tzahal radio statio's health correspondent, Amit Tomer, and sought to investigate bar frequenters' awareness of the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer, as well as to explain this correlation, answer questions and distribute informational brochures on "Alcohol and Cancer".


Most of the respondents were not aware that alcohol consumption can cause many types of cancer.


 ICA and Galei Tsahal in bars


Scientific studies have proven that alcohol use that exceeds the recommended levels increases the risk of mouth and laryngeal cancer, esophageal, throat, liver, breast, colorectal and ovarian cancer.


Based on a survey conducted by the ICA, marking World Cancer Day, it emerges that a mere 17% of adults and teens were aware that alcohol consumption exceeding the recommended amount may cause cancer. 


An ICA initiated press conference presented a new large-scale research study, surveying 222 studies that observed nearly 100,000 people, which showed that even moderate alcohol consumption increased the risk of developing mouth and laryngeal cancer (by 17%), esophageal cancer (by 30%) and breast cancer (by 5%).


ICA recommends limiting alcohol consumption: among men - no more than 2 servings of alcohol a day and among women - no more than one serving a day.

A serving is defined as a can or bottle of beer (330 ml), a glass of wine (200 ml) or a shot glass of hard liquor (30-40 ml).

ICA and Galei Tsahal in bars