Cancer deaths could fall by by eight per cent in the UK if people reduced the amount of alcohol they consumed by 5g per day.
Currently, the government advises that men should drink no more than 32g each day, while the equivalent allowance for women is 24g, but scientists at Oxford University believe that these could be too high.
"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," said health information officer at Cancer Research UK Sarah Williams.
The study investigated how these changes would affect the future public health of the UK and found that a reduced alcohol intake would lower the death rate of 11 other conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and epilepsy.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 67 per cent of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK occur in men.