Reducing daily alcohol intake could prevent 4,600 deaths every year, including more than 2,600 from cancer, experts from Oxford University have said.
Cutting daily alcohol intake to just over half a unit, or 5g, could reduce deaths from five types of cancer by eight per cent, according to a review published in BMJ Open.
The authors indicate that the Government's current recommended daily limits of three to four units (24-32g) for men and two to three units (16-24g) for women may be too high.
The researchers found that if current drinkers lowered their consumption to just over half a unit of alcohol per day, this would delay or prevent around 4,579 premature deaths - equivalent to three per cent. It would reduce liver cirrhosis deaths by 49 per cent, saving 3,000 lives each year.
Sarah Williams, health information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: "Alcohol is one of the most well-established causes of cancer. Scientists and health organisations around the world agree that reducing the amount of alcohol people drink can reduce deaths from cancer."