New research has discovered that drinking has increased breast cancer rates among women and is soon becoming the leading cause of death.
Alcohol has also been connected to causing other types of cancers, including bowel cancer as well as other chronic diseases.
A recent study by University of Otago, says that alcohol is behind nearly 800 deaths - out of which 30% were linked to cancer and another 43% to alcohol related injuries.
Lead researcher Professor Jennie Connor, from the university's Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, said "Just as the smoke from your cigarette can cause lung cancer, so too can alcohol cause cancer and other conditions too. The evidence is now at the point where there is no doubt at all that alcohol, as a chemical, increases the risk of breast cancer. However, to see it responsible for such a high proportion of deaths is worrying indeed."