Does alcohol cause lung cancer?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

Not exactly. No evidence suggests alcohol is a risk factor for lung cancer. Excessive alcohol consumption is mostly associated with liver cancer. It is possible for liver cancer cells to spread from the liver to lungs. But no evidence suggests that alcohol directly causes cancer in the lungs.

A (2016) study suggests ‘alcohol in moderation for those who choose to drink—is unlikely to adversely impact the risk of lung carcinoma’. It is also true that alcohol consumption and smoking are recreational activities, where both may go hand in hand for many people. In such cases, lung cancer may occur only due to cigarette smoke. In conclusion, more clinical trials are needed to understand whether alcohol alone or with cigarette smoke can induce lung cancer.

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