Alcohol classified as carcinogenic – warnings on labels

As a part of European “Cancer Beat plan” implementation of health warnings on alcohol based drinks will be required before the end of 2023 as a part of the Cancer prevention work.

Alcohol has been linked with several severe cancer types.

In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to decrease the harmful consumption by 10%, the European union is now taking several actions including taxes, warning labels and support to the member states.

The following 7 types of cancer we know are linked to consumption of alcohol.

  • Mouth cancer
  • Pharyngeal cancer (upper throat)
  • Oesophageal cancer (food pipe)
  • Laryngeal cancer (voice box)
  • Breast cancer
  • Bowel cancer
  • Liver cancer

Many studies has been conducted on the connection between alcohol and cancer, when the alcohol is ingested. These studies do not apply to topical application, which hand sanitizer most often consist of.

The connection between alcohol and skin cancer is an interesting, but less explored area of research. Alcohol classified as a group 1 cancerogen (like tobacco) applied regularly on our skin, could that be dangerous?

The Swedish government is evaluating warning labels on alcohol products

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

Link to pdf

WHO new project to reduce alcohol consumption

Link to WHO article

EU Labeling requirements

Link to EU labeling requirements 


* Use biocidal products in a safe manner. Always read the label and product information before application.

** Använd biocider på ett säkert sätt. Läs alltid etiketten och produktinformationen före användning.

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